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ASAJ pulling through for young swimmers

Published:Friday | July 26, 2019 | 12:44 AMAkino Ming/Staff Reporter

President of the Aquatic Sports Association of Jamaica (ASAJ) Martin Lyn says the association is on track to secure the required funding to finance eight junior swimmers to the FINA World Junior Swimming Championship next month.

It was reported that the team of Zaneta Alvaranga, Emily McDonald, Sabrina Lyn, and Gabrianna Banks on the girls side; and Kyle Sinclair, Cameron Brown, Nicholas Vale, and Nathaniel Thomas for the boys, were struggling to find airfare to go to the meet scheduled for August 20-25, 2019, in Budapest, Hungary.

But Lyn said his association has put a number of measures in place to secure funding.

“We have reached out to the Ministry of Sports, we have reached out to SDF, Jamaica Olympic Association, and some private sponsors and we have, in fact, got substantial amount of sponsors to support it, and we are quite happy to see that we have in fact got some sponsorship and reduced the amount that the parents have to pay,” he said. “We have also started a gofundme page.”

The gofundme page has garnered US$3,642 of its requested US$18,000 up to yesterday.

The eight-member team is the largest contingent from Jamaica to qualify for a World Junior Swimming Championships.

“FINA will fund three of the athletes, but we have five additional athletes that we would have to find funding for or the parents would have to do it. But we the ASAJ took it on, and we are trying to raise as much as we can. We are just awaiting the input of the SDF and JOA and the Ministry of Sports, and they are all prepared to try to help because it is a great achievement for Jamaica to send such a big team to the World Junior Championships,” Lyn said.