Youngsters swimming to Carifta despite money worries

February 22, 2017
Handel Lamey

Recurring financial constraints would appear to set back young swimmers' quests to represent Jamaica at the CARIFTA Swimming Championships annually, but Handel Lamey, Amateur Swimming Association of Jamaica (ASAJ) president, has made it clear the association will be looking to help parents of those athletes fund that trip.

The championships will take place in Nassau, Bahamas, over the Easter weekend, beginning on April 15.

According to Lamey, funding the CARIFTA swim team has always been an issue.

Last year, the association spoke about funding, following their eight gold, nine silver, and eight bronze (25 medals) achieved in Martinique.

"I can't say we don't have a financial problem because funding is always an issue, however, what we try to do every year is help the parents," Lamey said.

"Carifta is usually a self-funded or parent-funded meet, traditionally we have sought to assist the parents in getting their children to this meet and we will see how best we can assist them," continued Lamey.

"We want to look and see if we can pay for officials and coaches this year because that will ease the burden on the swimmers," he said.

The swim boss hinted that he is expecting Jamaica to equal last year's performance or improve it.

"We have other swimmers that have been doing well and we expect great things from them, so we just want to make sure our swimmers stay healthy and we don't have any injuries going into the meet, so that is our outlook

The Jamaicans will compete against 25 participating countries at the event, which will be hosted by the Bahamas Swimming Association.

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