Winston Crooke, President of the St. Kitts and Nevis Triathlon, is organizing the StarMile2.5 Nevis-St. Kitts Cross-Channel Swim, a 2.5-mile (4 km) swim held on March 30th from between Oualie Beach on Nevis to Cockleshell Bay on St Kitts.

It is also called the Bente Weber Memorial Swim.

Crooke explains who the wonderful, selfless person Bente was.

Bente and Gerd Weber, who both had a huge impact on the development of our young Cycle and Triathlon Club in Nevis, started visiting Nevis for their winters. Gerd was a competitive masters swimmer and taught us all how to swim properly and better, myself included. Meanwhile, Bente took over most of our club administration and timed our events.

They were visitors to Nevis over a period of 5 years staying here for 4 months a year. Under their guidance, we were able to make the transfer to become fully fledged triathletes and our swimming improved immensely. Unfortunately we lost Bente to cancer so I decided to host an event in her memory each year. It started as just a group of friends and visitors and has grown each year since.

We still miss her energy, enthusiasm and overall good-naturedness.”

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