Synchro Stars Jamaica head for US Capital Classics
Jamaica's synchronised swimming club Synchro Stars Jamaica jet off to the USA to participate in the Northern Virginia Nereids 2014 Capitol Classic Meet at the Lee District Recreation Center in Franconia, Virginia, next Sunday, March 23 from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.
The 50-member strong contingent - made up of 30 synchronised swimmers (Novices, Intermediates and Age Group inclusive of six national synchronised swimmers) AFINA G judge, head coach and assistant coach as well as team doctor and parents.
They are slated to depart the island on Thursday, and return on Monday, March 24.
This sojourn overseas is one manifestation of a recent resurgence in synchronised swimming in Jamaica, which has seen involvement in the sport growing at a very encouraging rate.
It also comes out of the efforts of Diahann Rose Campbell, vice-president of the Amateur Swimming Association of Jamaica (ASAJ) in charge of synchronised swimming, who has gone all-out to forge a relationship with USA Synchro and its International Club Exchange (ICE) programme. The programme has succeeded as USA clubs have been trekking to the island every October, and in 2012 saw USA Synchro President Judy McGowan and USA Clinician Charlotte Davis play host to the Jamaica International Synchronised Swimming Championships.
Whilst on this USA tour the group will be partaking in an all-important educational visit to famous USA landmarks, including the White House, the Lincoln Memorial and the Smithsonian Center.
With limited synchronised swimming meets in Jamaica, Synchro Stars Jamaica's head coach Erica Horsfield sees the trip as a glorious opportunity for local synchronised swimmers to gauge themselves against international synchronised swimmers, in their ongoing assessment of their level of competence.
This meet will have over 300 competitors on display, including some of Jamaica's and the USA national and zonal champions, all of whom will be going all-out to impress.
The sport is steadily growing in Jamaica and as it expands its standards will grow with the dream of a 2020 Olympic team being actualised.
Jamaicans in and around the Washington, Baltimore, Virginia area are encouraged to go out to cheer on the girls, who represent the future of synchronised swimming in Jamaica.