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G’da swimmers off to CARIFTA

Norland Cox - caught in photo opportunity with the swimmers

Having attained the qualification standards a 13-member team was named to represent Grenada in Barbados to compete in the 34th CARIFTA Aquatic Championships, which takes place from April 11th -25th.

Following the March 2019 announcement of the team, 15-17 year old Jenebi Benoit indicated his inability to take up his selection for the team due to academic commitments for his upcoming CSEC examinations.

The past month has been marked by an intense 6 days a week training schedule of which swimmers are expected to maintain a 95% attendance rate to maintain their position on the team.

Training comprised of both dry land and pool training aimed at strengthening swimmers to enhance their performances.

Minister of Sports, Senator Norland Cox, visited with the team last Thursday to share some words of encouragement before their departure later this week.

Minister Cox gave an assurance that the swimmers had the full support of the Ministry and the nation and encouraged them to excel to their fullest potential at the upcoming CARIFTA Swimming Championships.

Last Saturday, the Swimmers also took part in motivational session led by Dr. Rudi Webster, former cricketer and renowned Caribbean Sports Psychologist.

The full squad is: Sara Dowden, Nathan Fletcher, Anaika Charles, Zackary Gresham, Gabrielle Hyson, Parshawn Haynes, Kimberly Ince, Ariann Clouden, Meeka Ollivierre, Mia Neckles,Thabo Antoine and Eli
Zerpa.

President of GASA,Peron Johnson, will lead the Grenada delegation, with Coach Nataly Regis-Sierra as Head Coach, assisted by Ronald Charles and Andrew Hopkin with Nigel Ollivierre serving as Team Manager.

2019 represents the first CARIFTA appearance for Swimmers Sara Dowden, Nathan Fletcher and Eli Zerpa.