Jamaica’s delegation to the Carifta Swimming Championships that are slated to be held in in Barbados from April 16 to April 20, is to receive monetary support from the Ministry of Sport.
Sport Minister, Olivia Grange, made the announcement on Thursday, at the handover of laptops to students of the Guy’s Hill High School by the Jamaica Anti-doping Commission (JADCO), at the commission’s Ballater Road offices in St Andrew.
“I have begun to deliver on my commitment to provide a grant of $7 million to support Jamaica’s delegation to the Carifta swim meet and… [approximately] $4 million has [already] been paid to the Barbados Aquatics Sports Association through the Sport Development Foundation on behalf of the Ministry,” Grange revealed.
She explained that the funds will cover accommodation as well as the balance to the Barbados Aquatics Sports Association.
“The funds that I indicated earlier that were paid out, this represents the cost for accommodation, entry fees, transportation and hydration and it’s the balance on the invoice from the Barbados Association … [after] the 20 per cent deposit paid,” Grange explained.
Noting that the championships provide exposure for the country’s swimmers, Grange said it was important that they, and their coaches be given the opportunity to focus on their preparation to participate in the upcoming championships.
“Next month, we host Carifta Games here and so, both the Carifta swimming organisation activities as well as the games here, we are ensuring that we support them. We wish them all the best as we complete their preparation and sharpen their skills,” Grange said.