Following on the large contingent of club and university teams that utilized the swimming and diving facilities at the National Aquatic Centre in December and January, a national team has made the Couva centre their base for the past week.
The Canadian national junior swim team of 16 athletes and 6 coaches arrived on 4 February to conduct an intensive training session. According to one of the team coaches Don Burton, this group is being primed to represent their country at the 2024 Olympic Games, a hint of the long-term preparation by Swimming Canada when developing a national programme. The contingent even has Mark Tewsbury, a 1992 Olympic gold medallist in the 100m Backstroke, on board as a consultant.
The team departs on Saturday, just before the Carnival gets into full swing in Trinidad and Tobago but from all reports they have enjoyed their stay and may return in the future. The Aquatic Centre was a hub of activity in the winter months, owing to the efforts of the Sports Company of Trinidad and Tobago to position the facility as an ideal destination for winter training.