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T&T team leaves for Youth Olympics tomorrow
Fresh off a quality showing at the Commonwealth Games, swimmer Dylan Carter will line-up among T&T’s top young athletes, who will leave for the Youth Olympic Games, in Nanjing, China, tomorrow.
This country will be represented by 11 athletes in a number of disciplines, including athletics, beach volleyball and sailing at the second edition of the global event, which runs from Saturday until August 28.
Carter will represent this country in the most events, the 50 metre freestyle, 100m freestyle, 50m butterfly and 50m backstroke, and will compete alongside David McLeod and Johnya Ferdinand.
In the athletics segment are Akanni Hislop and Kasheif King, in the Boys’ 200m and 400m events, respectively, as well as Jeminise Parris (100m hurdles), Chelsea James (shot-put) and Andwuelle Wright (long jump). Malika Davidson and Chelsi Ward will represent this country in beach volleyball, while Abigail Affoo will do so in the Girls’ sailing event.
Leading the T&T delegation is chef-de-mission Kwanieze John, who was an ambassador at the inaugural Youth Olympic Games, held in Singapore in 2010. Jeanette Small is the youth ambassador this year.
John, 25, is a resident of St Barbs, Belmont, and has represented the country in the national women’s rugby team. She is the first active athlete to be selected as chef-de-mission by the T&T Olympic Committee (TTOC).
The final year University of T&T (UTT) sport for development student said,“It’s a huge honour for the entire delegation. We are looking forward to doing our best for T&T.”
T&T team for Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games
Swimming: Dylan Carter (50m freestyle, 100m freestyle, 50m butterfly, 50m back stroke), Johnya Ferdinand (50 m freestyle), David McLeod (50m backstroke, 100m backstroke). Mark Pouchet (manager/head coach)
Athletics: Jeminise Parris (100m hurdles), Kasheif King (400m) Akanni Hislop (200m), Chelsea James (shot put), Andwuelle Wright (long jump). Nadine Hamid (manager/head coach)
Beach Volleyball: Malika Davidson, Chelsi Ward. Jason Dennis (manager), Sean Morrison (coach)
Sailing: Abigail Affoo. Stephen Affoo (coach/manager)
Medical team: Dr Israel Dowlat, June Durham (massage therapist)