A team of 21 swimmers is set to represent Barbados at the 2014 CARIFTA Swimming Championships to be held in Aruba from April 22 to 26.
Veterans Amara Gibbs and Zabrina Holder will be competing in their final championships and will be joined in the 15-17 girls’ age group by Alexis Clarke and Kimberley Willoughby. All four swimmers have represented Barbados at CARIFTA in previous years and are looking
to repeat medal-winning performances both individually and as a relay team.
The 15-17 male age group will be led by overseas-based Christian Selby and newcomer to the age group Alex Sobers who was age group champion in the just concluded 2014 Long Course Nationals.
Selby has recently been in good form competing for his school in Tennessee and it is expected he should be among the medalists in Aruba. Luis Sebastian Weekes, Damon St Prix, Jack Kirby and Kent Mullins comprise the age 13-14 male team. Weekes, St Prix and Kirby are all first-year contenders. However, this is not expected to deter them from making their presence felt in their individual medley, freestyle and backstroke pet events respectively.
They are joined by breaststroker Mullins and the four boys will combine forces for a powerful medley relay team.
The 13-14 female team will be led by Hannah Gill who is no newcomer to the CARIFTA championships. She will be joined by Mckayla Treasure and Rebecca Lashley, competing in their second championship and Margaux Harvey-Read who will be making her CARIFTA debut.
Nkosi Dunwoody, recent 11-12 age group winner and most outstanding junior male at the Long Course Nationals, is the only male contender in this age group. Dunwoody will be competing for the first time in these championships as will female teammates Ashley Weekes, Zakiyah Weekes and Danielle Titus.
Eleven-year-old Titus will be competing in six events and will be tough to beat in many of these. Destiny Harding is the senior member of this age group having competed in Jamaica in 2013.
A finalist in the 100m butterfly in Jamaica, Harding can be expected to move up the table this year.
Alexis Clarke is the lone swimmer to be competing in both the pool and open water events.
She is also the only female member of the open water team and will join Nicholas Hall and Kobi Talma in the open water 5km swim which will take place on Mangel Halto Beach, Aruba on the final day of competition.
Head coach of the CARIFTA 2014 Swim Team is Abdul Sharif and assistant coach is Antonio Petrolanda. The team manager is Andrea Titus and chaperone is Samantha Clarke.