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Alleyne’s record quadruple

Published:Wednesday | April 13, 2016 | 4:00 AMShayne Fairman
Joshua Alleyne

Joshua Daniel Alleyne, a standout at the Mayberry Preparatory and Primary Schools Swimming Championships, shattered four individual records in helping his school to second place courtesy of the highest overall individual performance.

Meanwhile, a total of 38 prep and primary swimmers broke records, while there were six relay marks set at the highly entertaining and compact event.

Twelve-year-old Alleyne is Sts Peter and Paul Preparatory's head boy and contributed a whopping 43 points to their title ambitions, which saw them finishing second best behind Wolmer's Prep's 232.50 points, with 148.

Young Alleyne trains every day except Tuesdays at the National Aquatics Centre, where he has gone unbeaten in over three years, and swept four records last year.

He will be looking to attend his preferred choice, Campion College, later this year.

Mother, Norma Kerr Alleyne, describes the young swim sensation as a metaphor for youngsters who work really hard to excel.

"He is one of those youngsters who puts in his time. He does try his best," she told The Gleaner.

Though Joshua had to prepare for his Grade Six Achievement Test, he balanced it well with swimming.

"Obviously, we hope that he is going to go to Campion (College). His brother is there," said his mother.

The brilliant young swimmer's record-shattering feats last Saturday included the boys' 11-12 50m backstroke, which he won in 35:89; the 11-12 50m freestyle in 30:25; and the 12 and under 100m freestyle in one minute 07:45 seconds.

Joshua also took the 11-50m breaststroke, emphatically shaving off .36 seconds from 40.88 to 40:52 seconds.

The long-standing development meet has nurtured and fostered the development a number of swimmers.