Trinidad and Tobago sporting teenagers are set for fast-paced competition at home and in Martinique and Barbados within the coming eight days and they appear ready to throw down the proverbial gauntlet to all opposition.
First in competition from today will be members of the 33-strong swim team in Martinique for the 31st annual CARIFTA Swimming Championships running through to the weekend.
Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee and First Citizens Junior Male Athlete of the Year 2015 Jeron Thompson, leads the TT challenge for top honours against swimmers from CARIFTA member countries.
Thompson won six medals in the Boys 13-14 age-group in last year’s CARIFTA Championships in Barbados, nabbing one gold medal in the 50m backstroke, silver medals in the 50m butterfly, 50m breaststroke, 50m freestyle, and 100m breaststroke and one bronze in the 100m freestyle.
Thompson competes this year in the Boys 15 to 17 age group. Amira Pilgrim, Victoria Gillette, Luke Gillette and Kael Yorke are also expected to perform with distinction.
Trinidad and Tobago were third in points-494.5 and medal count -38 comprising – 12 gold, 13 There are 20 relay events on the CARIFTA programme in Martinique with each one offering double points and with TT representation in all but one age group, the team could bolster its bid to win their first Carifta title since the 2010 edition in Jamaica when they scored 1,011 points and gained 94 medals (46 gold, 31 silver and 17 bronze).
Also getting set for competition is the Trinidad and Tobago track and field juniors for the CARIFTA Track and Field Championships starting FRiday in Grenada.
USA-based sprinter, Khalifa St Fort and Tobago field athlete Tariq Horsford are on course to lead Trinidad and Tobago for top honours with Jamaican athletes the biggest threat once more in the weekend competition at the Grenada.
Here at home the countdiown to the Pan American Female Junior Hockey championships is continuing and Chile were first to arrive yesterday with Canada today for the championships hosted by Trinidad and Tobago and to beplayed out from next Tuesdfay at the National Hockey Centre in Tacarigua.