ASAJ eyeing overseas coach
Aquatic Sports Association of Jamaica (ASAJ) president, Martin Lyn, says his administration has set its sights on hiring a top level coach from overseas by the end of 2018.
Lyn, who was elected to the post for a second time in November, said his team has long contemplated getting someone from overseas with the expertise to develop and improve on what they have and has given his administration 12 months to find the right person for the job.
"My team and I have said that we would look at bringing in a coach at a high level, but we have been in office for just about a month, so we are having to play catch-up on some of the things the previous administration did.
"But the idea has been with our administration team and we definitely look forward to putting somebody in place for that. We just haven't had a chance to sit down and ascertain what exactly we want, but we have the idea, and we are definitely not going to drop the ball because we are going to need somebody like that for sure," he insisted.
TIES WITH CHINA
Although Jamaica has ties with China and is receiving a synchronised swimming coach from that nation, he says the search for a traditional competition swimming coach can take them anywhere.
"We are not looking at any specific country just now. I know Jamaica has signed a relationship with China, and we are going to get a Chinese coach for synchronised swimming. That coach should arrive in Jamaica on January 10, and that augurs well for our artistic swimming department.
"But we are really talking about competitive swimming, so we will be looking further a field for that. We don't have anybody specific as yet, but we are going to put out all our feelers," he said.
Jamaica will compete in their first international meet for 2018 at the UANA (Union Americana de Natacion) Swimming Cup, January 19-21 in Coral Springs, Florida and Lyn believes exposure to tournaments like these will improve the country's chances of securing a top-level coach.
"Going to meets like the UANA, you get to integrate with other countries, and maybe in discussions with them, something can materialise. So if you don't go to these meets, you don't know.
"Once you send a team and the swimmers do well, people will recognise Jamaica as an aquatic country, and they will note our programmes, and that will encourage people to come here and help us.
"There are things we are going to try and do, and I would hope that it would be in a year's time," he said.