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ASAJ to recruit islandwide for water polo players

Published:Friday | July 24, 2015 | 4:34 PM

Amateur Swimming Association of Jamaica (ASAJ) vice-president, Lance Rochester, says the body will be looking to recruit talent islandwide, grow in numbers, and, ultimately, have full-scale representation at all levels so the country's water polo fraternity can keep up with regional counterparts.

The association is preparing to host the Union Americana de Natacion (UANA) Pan American Youth Men's and Women's Water Polo Championships from August 25 to September 4 at the National Aquatic Centre in Kingston.

"We have never hosted anything like this, where aquatics is concerned. This is the biggest event that we (Jamaica) has ever held, Rochester told The Gleaner.

"This is the Pan American region and this is the qualifier for the World Championships next year for juniors," he added.

Aiming for World Champs

As hosts, Jamaica will bring together some of the best Junior Water Polo teams in the Pan American region. The top-10 countries from the region will be vying for four spots to next year's World Champs.

"The reality is that to be successful in the long term we have to spread ourselves in the rest of the country. Right now we are selecting from a very small section of our population. That is not good enough. We need to be right across ... from Morant Point to Negril point," he said.

Jamaica bagged four bronze medals at the Central American and Caribbean Championships (CCCAN) in Puerto Rico recently but Rochester notes that a lot is demanded if they are to beat teams like Trinidad and Tobago and Puerto Rico.

They finished third in 18 and under categories for male and female respectively, and the same among 15 and under male and female teams.