Jamaica send 7 to synchro swimming champs in ArubaThursday, June 21, 2012
JAMAICA has sent a seven-member synchronised swimming team to the Caribbean Islands Swimming Championships (CISC) which gets underway today in Aruba.
Nyouka Baugh, Breann Campbell, Joley Campbell, T'Neil Gooden, Alexandria Hinds, Dajone Leslie and Jamielya Shaw will go up against teams from Barbados, Canada, Curacao, and the Dominican Republic in the eight-day competition.
The seven synchronised swimmers have been in preparation for the championships since the team was announced on May 16, using a training programme that has brought success at the Central American and Caribbean Swimming Confederation (CCCAN) Championships in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico last year.
Breann Campbell was the sole representative at CCCAN and that number has now been increased seven-fold for this championship.
Last April, Breann, Joley and Gooden warmed to a Tri-State Championship and showed their readiness for the big stage by winning six medals, which included gold, silver and bronze.
Amateur Swimming Association of Jamaica (ASAJ) vice-president, in charge of synchronised swimming, Diahann Campbell, believes that the upgraded national training programme would work wonders for the team.
"The programme was developed using policies from top synchronised swimming countries like the United States and Canada as well as the expertise of the coaches and technical committee members of Jamaica," Campbell pointed out.
The programme was designed to ensure that athletes get to the optimal level and amount of training leading up to the tournament.
It follows strict guidelines using attendance policy, nutrition and work to be done outside of training by athletes, via a training calendar that breaks down each session.
Jamaica's national coach Catherine 'Carrie' Reynolds, meanwhile, has high expectations for the team.
"This is the first year we have been able to use the national training programme with a group of athletes as opposed to just one and so far I am pleased with the dynamics it has created amongst the team.
"We sat down as a team and discussed our goals from the games and I am confident we will achieve them which is all I can ask for as a national coach," she pointed out.
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