Bruce Williamson, the Team Leader of the Antigua and Barbuda open water swimming delegation, pondered, “Could swimming be the medium to unite the world?“
Williamson postulated, “Water activities bring the world together every two years where the politics and economics of our sports, the culture and the needs of undeveloped, underdeveloped and developed countries are reviewed by the FINA Congress.
Our sport, born of water, brings into focus the challenges against the elements of nature as a common factor to all participants. Challenges against time, endurance, resilience, speed set standards for others to the enhancement of humanity and not the destruction of ourselves. Notwithstanding the difficulties the community of countries faced, we are happy to participate with smiles and new friends. Mission accomplished. Is this not the mission of uniting nations?“
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