ASATT receives $1 million dollars from Gov't
The Amateur Swimming Association of Trinidad and Tobago (ASATT) has received a financial boost to the sum of $1 million dollars from the Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs and the Sports Company of Trinidad and Tobago (SporTT).
The allocation was awarded at a media conference on Tuesday, ahead of the Central American and Caribbean Championships (CCCAN), the largest aquatics event in the hemisphere, which Trinidad and Tobago is preparing to host at the end of June.
Team T&T will be represented by over 60 athletes and will feature a mix of experience and youth, as standouts Joshua Romany, Kristin Julien, Cherelle Thompson and Olympian Dylan Carter are all expected to compete in swimming events.
ASATT President Wendell Lai Hing noted that the talent pool is extensive as the entries are coming in thick and fast. He also gave the commitment that T&T will perform well at the event.
"I wish firstly to thank the Minister and SporTT for the financial and other support, and assure you that we won't let you down.
The national team will represent in four of the five disciplines (swimming, open water, diving and water polo) and we expect to be competitive. We will have two divers for the first time and we thank SporTT for facilitating the athletes in all disciplines to train at the Aquatic Centre, familiarise themselves with the space and ensure we have a 'home court' advantage. This will certainly come into play as the event is FINA-sanctioned, meaning those in Open categories can qualify for FINA World Championships."
Meanwhile, speaking at the conference today, Sports Minister Darryl Smith sought to urge sponsors to invest in the event, noting that the venue is already prepared.
"Since the opening last year, all areas of the Aquatic Centre have been utilised extensively. It has undergone routine maintenance and is prepared to host an event of this magnitude. I assure corporate sponsors that they will get bang for their buck if they choose to invest in the tournament. With over 1500 visitors expected, plus local spectators and viewing audiences across the region, there are unlimited opportunities to promote your product or service. I also have full confidence in ASATT to deliver on the promise of an efficient and exciting tournament in all five disciplines - swimming, open water, diving, water polo and synchronised swimming."
The CCCAN Championships run from June 24 to July 2, 2017. All events take place at the National Aquatic Centre with the exception of the Open Water event (24, 26 June) which will be held at Turtle Beach, Tobago, in partnership with the Tobago House of Assembly (THA) and the Tourism Development Company (TDC).