Guyanese swimmers showing promising signs in Peru


Eight of the nine Guyanese swimmers who will represent the country at the Junior South American Swimming Championships have arrived in Peru and showing good signs in their early days of training.

The Guyana Amateur Swimming Association (GASA) in a release on Friday indicated that the swimmers and two coaches along with Chaperone arrived safely on Wednesday evening.

The swimmers had their first interactive session on Thursday and sessions continued on Friday morning as they prepare for competitive action from November 8.

The release further revealed that the swimmers who still have to attend online school sessions are balancing that aspect as well.

Olympian Aleka Persaud and the promising Leon Seaton Jr., headline the list of swimmers representing Guyana in Peru.

They are joined by coaches Sean Baksh and Shyka Gonsalves, while Loren Mahaica will act as a Chaperone.

According to a release, Guyana Amateur Swimming Association (GASA) Secretary, Yalema Phillips, will join at a later date to “expand her portfolio by attending the Administrative Congress offered by CONSANAT, the South American governing swim body.”

Three members of the team – Nathan Jackson, Shareffah Lewis and Amber Degoeas – have voluntarily self-funded their trip, and Jackson will leave next week for Peru.

Scott had told News Room Sport that GASA has high medal expectations for the team, but apart from podium finishes, another objective is keeping an eye on the future with Paris 2024 being a top priority.

GASA also expressed thanks to the National Sports Commission and the Guyana Olympic Association for their support.

Team Guyana: Aleka Persaud, Leon Seaton Jr., Elliot Gonsalves, Patrice Mahaica, Daniel Claxton, Ariel Rodrigues, Amber Degoeas, Shareffah Lewis and Nathan Jackson.

Coaches: Sean Baksh and Shyka Gonsalves 

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