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Caribbean and Central American swimmers will challenge each other over the next few days to see who is best in the southern hemisphere.

The Central American and Caribbean Amateur Swimming Confederation (CCCAN) Swimming Championship was officially opened on Saturday, at the Aquatic Centre in Wildey, St. Michael, after the cancellation of swimming meets for the past two years.

Minister of Youth, Sports and Community Empowerment, Charles Griffith, who declared the 42nd Installation of CCCAN open, urged the athletes representing 27 countries to do their best in the competition.

“I fully expect that this competition would be the incubator for the Olympics going forward….  I expect that we will have some personal bests in the water that will equate in most cases to records, and I wish every single competitor here … the very best going forward,” Minister Griffith stated.

He continued: “There is a guy called Michael Phelps … and he indicated that physical, mental and emotional strength is what is required to make all swimmers great, and … I’m expecting that we will see some names emanating from this competition that will reach our world stage….”

fabian.belgrave@barbados.gov.bb

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