16 MEMBER SWIM TEAM HEADED TO ARUBA FOR CCCAN
Written by Gail Purcell on June 25, 2018
A 16-member team left the island over the weekend to compete in the Central American and Caribbean Amateur Swimming Confederation (CCCAN) Championship in Aruba from June 26 – July 6, 2018. The events kick off on Tuesday with the Artistic Swimming, followed by the Pool Swimming events, which get started on June 29th. The Championships culminate with the Open Water component from July 4-6. Hundreds of swimmers from 28 countries will take to the water over the 11 days of competition.
Grenada’s 16-member team is the largest ever to be representing Grenada at such competition. The 16- member team includes swimmers Anaika Charles, Arianne Clouden, Parshawn Haynes, Gabrielle Hyson, Iyannu Antoine, Ifeoma Cherebin, Jenebi Benoit, Kimberly Ince, Zackary Gresham, Meeka Ollivierre, Corey Ollivierre, Kaiya Ramdhanny, Kerry Ollivierre, Sydnee Steele, Dajenel Williams and Delron Felix. Overseas-based swimmer Oreolouwa Cherebin who qualified for this year’s team is unavailable to attend due to academic commitments while Mia Neckles, who also qualified to attend the event, will also be absent due to injury.
The swimmers have been training since the beginning of 2018 with their eyes on qualifying for the CCCAN team. National Coach, Gerson Escobar has led the team’s preparations and has been supported by Coach Ronald Charles and Damique Walters during this period. The team is managed by Chad Hyson and chaperoned by Grace Clouden. GASA’s President Peron Johnson heads the delegation.
Grenada’s National performance at this meet will benefit from the additional training support programmes which swimmers have participated in the over the past few months. Both Kerry & Corey Ollivierre, students at Florida School of Technology, train and compete with the Florida Swim team, while Delron Felix has been attending the SPIRE Institute in Ohio, where he has received advance swim training to support his development.
Locally based swimmers also continue to receive additional technical assistance from a visiting coach who has been working with the team on stroke technique, starts and turns. The team also continues to improve their physical conditioning through dry-land training and ongoing work with personal trainer, Suzanne LaTouche. These combined efforts have shown remarkable improvement in the performances of Grenada’s swimmers over the past few months.