The Grenada Amateur Swimming Association (GASA) on Tuesday despatched a 12-member team to Trinidad & Tobago to compete in the 2017 CCCAN Swim Championships from June 28-July 2.
Grenada will compete against teams from over 28 countries across Central America and the Caribbean.
Team members include Jenebi Benoit, Anaika Charles, Oreoluwa Cherebin, Ariann Clouden, Zackary Gresham, Parshawn Haynes, Gabrielle Hyson, Kimberly Ince, Mia Neckles, Corey Ollivierre, Kerry Ollivierre and Meeka Ollivierre.
Jadon Hyson also represented Grenada in the Open water competition inTobago on June 24th & 25th.
Speaking to members of the Media during a press briefing, President of GASA, Peron Johnson, said she expects that the Grenada team will represent the country well.
Johnson highlighted the accomplishments of the team during the 2013-16 period in OECS swimming where Grenada cumulatively won 185 Gold medals, 153 Silver and 122 Bronze.
She said the island won the OECS Champion title in 2013, 2015, and 2016 and was the runner up in 2014.
During the same period, Grenada obtained 6 Gold, 7 Silver and 14 Bronze from its participation in CARITA/CCCAN and CISC swim meetings.
According to Johnson, despite the dilapidated state of the lone training pool available at Good Hope, the local swimmers continue to excel.
She noted that lands have already been allocated by government for the construction of an Aquatic Centre.
The Ministry of Lands and GASA are now working assiduously to convey the lands to the Grenada Amateur Swimming Association.
This however is just the first phase, as funds need to be sourced for the construction of the facility.
Johnson made a plea to Government and the Private Sector for further support to the Sport.
In highlighting the recent accomplishments of the Grenada team, Johnson stated as far as she is aware, “swimming is the only sport that is fully funded by parents when the team represents Grenada abroad, despite the consistent high performance of our swimmers”.
In addition to CCCAN Swim Championships, Oreoluwa Cherebin, Corey Ollivierre and Kerry Ollivierre will also represent Grenada at the FINA World Championships in Budapest, Hungry in July.
Coach Gerson Fernandez Escobar and Nigel Ollivierre, Team Official will accompany the team.
The team members look forward to achieving their personal best as they compete among the best swimmers in the world at these games.
Also in the month of July, Delron Felix will represent Grenada in the Youth Commonwealth Games, and the local swimming body is looking forward to a very strong performance from him in these games.
The Goodwill Games in Guyana is fixed for August with a team of 30 plus swimmers slated to participate.
This competition is seen as preparation for the OECS championships in November.