Jamaica to host Splashquatics invitational next month
ROBYN Chin-Sang, Jamaica’s vice-president for artistic swimming, says Jamaica will host its first-ever Splashquatics International Invitational Meet next month. It aims to bring all stakeholders up to World Aquatics Artistic Swimming standards.
The meet, sanctioned by Aquatic Sports Association of Jamaica, will take place at the National Stadium Pool from February 9 to 11.
Chin-Sang says this move is a continuation of their thrust to develop the sport in the country, and the Caribbean as a whole.
“The vision behind Splashquatics International Invitational is to create an event that allows new officials to become more confident using the current World Aquatics Artistic Swimming rules,” Chin-Sang told the Jamaica Observer.
“It will also serve as a learning opportunity for Caribbean federations that want to become more confident in hosting events. The aim is also to bring awareness to the sport in Jamaica; to grow on an international level; to provide experience for our athletes; and to give our judges, coaches and officials a platform to practise and meet World Aquatics standards.”
Chin-Sang says the competition is open to all registered members of World Aquatics Federation, clubs, and school teams.
“Athletes in the novice, intermediate age groups, junior and senior categories will have the opportunity to compete amongst other like-minded individuals, as well as prepare them for future meets for the 2024 calendar,” she said.
She expects a good representation of the sport through the various athletes competing.
“We have athletes between the ages of six and 17 who will showcase their skills in the sport,” she said. “I also expect that throughout the years to come it will grow with international representation.
“It is beneficial to athletes as it gives them an opportunity and experience to grow on an international level. It will also highlight more of our younger athletes who may not be at the age or skill set to qualify for the more advanced competitions.”
Admission for local adults is $1,000 or US$15, while local sponsor tickets will cost $5,000 or US$40.
Chin-Sang says Eustace Lee and Caribbean Producers Jamaica have agreed to be event sponsors, and that more are on the way.