Oreluwa Cherebin is the darling of Grenadian swimming and the top female competitor in the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS). Ore, as she is commonly known, is swimming in her first Olympic Games, the second female to represent Grenada after Melissa Ashby at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games.
Ore, who is inspired by Kirani James, will be competing in the 100 metres Butterfly and will be aiming to add to her outstanding swimming achievements including an improvement of her personal best effort of 1:08.82.
The Fairfield University student has been in the pool since the age of two where all her siblings are active participant in the sport. She is highly motivated by the support from her family.
Name: Oreluwa Cherebin
Sport: Swimming (100m Butterfly)
Coach: Nataly Sihera & Michael Brooks
School: Fairfield University
PB: 1:08.82 (100m Butterfly)
Where and when did you begin your sport? Good Hope Swimming Pool in St George’s at the age of two. I was there with my brother, who was taking swimming lessons, and fell into the pool and had to swim.
Why did you begin this sport? I like swimming and fell in love with the sport as soon as I learned to swim.
Local club: Grenfin Swim Club.
Current coach(es): Nataly Sihera & Michael Brooks
What year did you make your senior international debut? December 2012 in Istanbul, Turkey at the World Short Course Championships
What is your most memorable sporting achievements? Winning gold at Caribbean Islands Swimming Championships in Cuba in the 50 metres Breaststroke. I also won a silver in the 100m Breaststroke.
Who is he most influential person in your career? My family. They are always supporting me.
Noted Injuries: In 2012, I couldn’t ‘kick’ for three weeks and only allowed to use arms not legs during training because of a strained groin.
Who is your sporting idol? Kirani James