Sisters Amarah and Elinah Phillip, will represent the BVI at the XXIX Carifta Swimming Championship in Savaneta, Aruba, from April 22-26. The BVI Swimming Federation made its inaugural appearance in 2012.
Amarah will compete in the 15-17 division and Elinah in the 13-14 category. The swimmers will compete in four events each, the 50 and 100 freestyle, and the 50 and 100 butterfly.
“Based on the rankings going into the event, the BVI has an excellent chance of medalling and bringing home BVI’s first Carifta swimming medals,” said BVI Swimming Federation President and National Coach Elsworth Philip. “It will mark a huge milestone in swimming for the territory, especially for the BVISF which has only been active since its first team was dispatched in 2011 to the OECS championships. During the BVI’s first Carifta appearance in 2012, the swimmers performed exceptionally well, making appearances in the finals on that first outing.”
The championships has been sanctioned by the International Swimming Federation (FINA) as a Youth Olympic Qualifier (YOG) qualifier will also serve as a Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Games qualifying event. The Championship is expected to attract the best in the region while offering a very high level of competition.
Both Elinah and Amarah recently competed in Glasgow, Scotland where they gained invaluable experience competing at the Scottish Nationals. Carifta, like the Scottish Nationals, is a very significant preparatory event in the lead up to the Commonwealth Games this summer in Glasgow.
The swimmers will be accompanied by their parents, Mr. Phillip as Coach, and Tracy Bradshaw, BVISF Secretary, who will also act as Manager and Chaperone.