Curaçaoan gets a place in the International Swimming Hall of Fame
WILLEMSTAD – June 20, 2015 was a very special day for the Curaçao born, Enith Brigitha. She was given a place in the prestigious International Swimming Hall of Fame in Fort Lauderdale, Florida during a solemn ceremony.
The Minister Plenipotentiary in Washington, Dr. Xavier Prens, gave a short speech on behalf of the Prime Minister of Curaçao, Ivar Asjes to thank Mrs. Brigitha personally on behalf of the Government and the people of Curaçao.
Enith was born in 1955 in Curaçao. In the seventies, she has developed internationally in the sport of swimming. She has several world records to her name with the corresponding medals she won at the world championships and the Olympics. Enith was the first black swimmer to win an Olympic bronze medal in 1976 in Montreal. This has made her more than an excellent swimmer.
In the International Swimming Hall of Fame all swimmers who have profiled themselves worldwide will be honored. For this occasion, Enith is honored, for her performance, at a festive activity in the George Haines International Aquatic Center in San Francisco.
Prime Minister Ivar Asjes congratulated Enith Brigitha on behalf of the Government of Curaçao. Curaçao welcomes all heroism of these “yudi tera” (natives) and hopes that young people will follow Enith's example.