TWENTY-SIX athletes, ages 11-19, have been selected to represent TT at the third annual Carifta Triathlon and Aquathlon Championships, which takes place in Jamaica, next month.
The athletes are set to touch down on August 14 and depart on August 19. The event runs from August 16-18.
Included in the roster are on-form athletes, Rachel Grosberg, 18, and Troy Llanos, 17, the respective women and men's winners at Sunday's TT Triathlon Federation's (TTTF) duathlon sprint (5km run, 18.5km bike, 2.5km run), along with Graeme Waithe-Toussaint, 15, and Imani Bishop, 14, the men and women's winners in the shorter duathlon dash event (2.5km run, 11.1km bike, 1.25km run).
They, along with the 22 other athletes, however, were selected based on their performances at two national event–the national aquathlon, which took place in April, as well as the national triathlon, staged in Tobago two months later.
"This team was put together based on pre-set qualifying times, plus or minus 10 per cent, and a few discretionary considerations," an official at the TTTF explained.
"A discretionary pick was used if an athlete (clocked) within 10 per cent of the qualifying times or if the athlete was sick or injured for their race.
"An athlete may also have been considered if they were few seconds outside of the time but was identified as being able to provide domestic assistance to another athlete in their category.
The selection policy was vetted and approved by the executive members of the TTTF, as well as by Derrick Simon, one of the two national coaches for the Carifta event, the official said.
Most of the athletes will compete in both the triathlon and the aquathlon, while the remaining athletes will compete in one of the two.
They national athletes have met already, following their selection, and will continue to meet each weekend for group sessions.
According to officials, the sessions will cover several key elements including swim, bicycle and sprint training, increasing athlete fitness and form, reducing transition times, team work for drafting.
They are working under the guidance of national coaches Simon and Aliya Drakes.
This is Simon's third stint coaching the team at the Carifta event, while Drakes makes her second appearance as team coach.
TTTF president Paul Hee Houng will guide the team as manager.
Both aquathlon and triathlon
11-12: Jenae Price
13-15: Rebecca Lezama, Kaya Beadle, Makaira Wallace, Imani Bishop
16-19: Kristin Scott, Kirsten St Omer
11-12: Steffi Scott
16-19: Rachel Grosberg
Both aquathlon and triathlon
11-12: Harland Samuel, Tristan Scott, Ross Wortman
13-15: Matthew Wortman, Rowan King, James Castagne-Hay, Justin Boynes
16-19: Troy Llanos, Jean-Marc Granderson
11-12: Dante Pichery, Micai Dayal
16-19: Selik Leacock, Chad Hosein
13-15: Graeme Waithe-Toussaint
16-19: Logan Raymond, Liam Trepte