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Carifta swimmers leave for Jamaica
Following almost three weeks of back-and-forth between parents and members of the Amateur Swimming Association of T&T (ASAT&T) over the cost of participation to their their children, the 38th edition of the Carifta Swimming Championship in Kingston, Jamaica, will see an almost full strength T&T team departs today.
Earlier this month, a team of 25 swimmers and 11 open water competitors were selected by ASATT to represent T&T at the one of the regions premier swimming event which splashes off in Jamaica tomorrow and ends on April 5, at the National Aquatic Centre in St Andrew, Kingston.
However, a few questions were raised to ASATT with regards to the high cost of contributions to be made by each swimmer and also to what purpose it was going towards. Following a few meetings with both parties and the involvement of the Sports Company of T&T (Sportt) and the Ministry of Sports, a compromised was reached.
In the end, the swimming contingent was reduced by one with only Malik Nelson in the 13-14 boys opting out of the team, while Nelson, along with his brother Marquise Nelson and Michael Mc Leod opted out from the Open Water team.
In addition, staff members Mosi Denoon (swimming coach), Maurice Faria (open water assistant coach) and chaperone Sherwin St Hillaire, also removed themselves from the travelling party.
Leading the T&T contingent will be Zoe Anthony of Marlins and Zarek Wilson of Blue Dolphins both of whom amassed 81 points in winning their respective 11-12 Age-Group High Point titles at the recent National Age Group Long Course Swimming Championship hosted by ASATT at the start of the month.
Team T&T will be hoping to improve on its fourth placed finish in Bahamas last year, while T&T last captured the title in 2010 in Jamaica, after victory in Aruba a year earlier as well.
The Open Water event in Jamaica is carded for April 4 at James Bond Beach, Oraccabessa, St Mary.
T&T Carifta swimming team
11-12: Savannah Chee-Wah, Zoe Anthony, Neishelah Caseman, Gabrielle Vickles, Caitlyn Look Fong, Amelia Rajack, Joy Blackett.
15-17: Daniele Williams, Jahmia Harley, Lleana Bocage, Ornella Walker, Racine Ross.
11-12: Josiah Changar, Nikoli Blackman, Sheni St Hillaire, Stachys Harley, Zarek Wilson
13-14: Kadon Williams
15-17 Boys: Kael Yorke, Graham Chatoor, Obadayah Ince, Jeron Thompson, Aqeel Joseph, Josiah Parag
Open Water team
14-15: Domonique Nurse-Allen, Cheyenne Cabral
16-18: Sabrina David, Chisara Santana, Raven Renee-Toney
16-18: Josiah Parag, Gabriel Bynoe, William Reyes
Derek Changar (manager), Shawn Pouchet (swimming coach), Hazel Haynes (open water coach), Chabeth Haynes (assistant coach), Dexter Browne (assistant coach), Ann Thompson (chaperone)
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