Eight of the nine Guyanese swimmers who will represent the country at the South American Junior Swimming Championships have arrived in Peru and are showing good signs at the start of their training.
The Guyanese Amateur Swimming Association (GASA) said in a statement Friday that the swimmers and two coaches as well as Chaperone arrived unharmed on Wednesday evening.
The swimmers had their first interactive session on Thursday and the sessions continued on Friday morning as they prepare for the competitive action on November 8.
The statement further revealed that swimmers who have yet to attend school sessions online are also balancing this aspect.
Olympian Aleka Persaud and up-and-coming Leon Seaton Jr. lead the list of swimmers representing Guyana in Peru.
They are joined by coaches Sean Baksh and Shyka Gonsalves, while Loren Mahaica will act as chaperone.
Guyana Amateur Swimming Association (GASA) Secretary Yalema Phillips will join at a later date to “expand her portfolio by attending administrative congress offered by CONSANAT, the South American regulator,” said a statement. swimming”.
Three members of the team – Nathan Jackson, Shareffah Lewis and Amber Degoeas – have voluntarily self-funded their trip, and Jackson will be leaving for Peru next week.
Scott had said Sport press room that GASA expects a lot of medals for the team, but apart from the podiums another goal is to keep an eye on the future with Paris 2024 being a top priority.
GASA also thanked the National Sports Commission and the Guyana Olympic Association for their support.
Guyana team: Aleka Persaud, Leon Seaton Jr., Elliot Gonsalves, Patrice Mahaica, Daniel Claxton, Ariel Rodrigues, Amber Degoeas, Shareffah Lewis and Nathan Jackson.
Coaches: Sean Baksh and Shyka Gonsalves