Turks and Caicos, April 5, 2017 – Providenciales – Turks and Caicos will send six Swimmers to compete in this year’s CARIFTA games taking place in Nassau from April 15th to the 19th. The announcement comes from the TCI Swim Federation, naming Laura Shaw, Luke Haywood, Alex Maclaren, Jack Parlee, Caylen Castillo, and Lillian Taylor as the competitors representing the TCI at the Caribbean’s premier sporting event.
TCI Swim Federation President Ben Stubenberg says, the larger team of six swimmers this year represents a big advancement in swimming in the islands thanks to committed organizers and dedicated swimmers. The TCI returned to the CARIFTA swim competition in 2015, following a long absence, with Shaw bearing the flag. Team Manager, Morgan Luker expressed his delight in the hard work the youngsters put out in order to make the team.
Head Coach Jennifer Martel credited the formation of the team to their hard work that was made possible despite the limited pool facilities. The official management team will also include Dave Bott as Assistant Coach and Caren Castillo as Assistant Team Manager.
In March, SURFside Ocean Academy Swim Club took several swimmers to Nassau to compete against swim clubs there to give them more experience and make the final qualifying selections. Shaw, who is affiliated with Swim & Surf TCI, and Haywood qualified on times from races in UK earlier this year.
Story by: Kimberly Ramkhalawan