The St. Kitts-Nevis Swimming Federation has been approached by the organizers of the OECS Swimming Championships 2022 to field a development team of young swimmers from St. Kitts and Nevis.
The event will happen in St. Vincent in November.
This will be a huge milestone for St. Kitts and Nevis and for Swimming, as this will be the very first time that the federation will be participating in such an event.
At the recent training meet hosted by the Blue Marlin Academy in St Kitts, the President of St. Kitts and Nevis Swimming Federation, Winston Crooke and other officials were present to assess the crop of talent coming through and based on this, the swimming federation has put together a 4-week development camp for this summer.
Further, the St. Kitts-Nevis Swimming Federation reached out to the clubs initially to ask that they inform all parents/guardians concerned and if interest in the camp was expressed, to supply contact details of the selected child’s parent/s and/or guardian/s, in order for a formal approach to be made.
The Swimming Federation has also attracted the services of a high-level coach to fast-track the prospective team members and their coaches onto a pathway that will best prepare them to represent well at the OECS tournament.
A list of prospective athletes for the camp was compiled and the parents concerned were contacted.
Those who wished for their respective children to be involved in the training program gave their consent and committed to the four weeks of training, with the understanding that they could stop at any time if that was their desire.
The camp commenced on July 16th and is expected to conclude on August 16th.
The training sessions are being done five days per week and are focused on the freestyle discipline only, as the other more technical disciplines run the risk of disqualification.
This camp will set the standard for St. Kitts and Nevis National Youth Team going forward.