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Coach hopes water polo teams shine at Carifta

Published:Wednesday | March 21, 2012 | 12:00 AM

Jermaine Lannaman, Gleaner Writer

Co-coach of Jamaica's water polo youth teams, Lance Rochester, is looking forward to the 27th Carifta Water Polo Championships with optimism. Though the teams are inexperienced, he believes they have what it takes to pull off a few surprises.

The championships, which will be held in Jamaica between April 5 and 9 and at the National Stadium pool, will also feature defending champions Trinidad and Tobago, The Bahamas and Curaçao.

"We have a good chance in all three age-group categories that we will be participating in," said Rochester, who along with Marlon McIntosh conditions the teams.

"We did not enter the championships last year and are undergoing a rebuilding process. However, given the training we have been undertaking and the improvements in technical areas, especially as it relates to the Under-19 team, we should do well."

The championship, which will be staged a week before the other Carifta swimming disciplines, will see competition in under-19 boys' and girls', and under-15 boys' categories.

The boys' under-19 team will be led by centre Darron-Ray Donaldson and wingers David Millwood and Darren Chin, while the under-19 girls will be led by point Khristen Jones and centre Ashley Henry. David Bryan will lead the under-15 boys' team.

Rochester, in the meantime, is calling on corporate Jamaica and spectators to lend their support to the teams.

"What we have been doing at this time is appealing to corporate Jamaica to come on board and support us," he said.

"There are a lot of branding and promotions opportunities as well. It is an opportunity to help an exciting, non-traditional sport which is played in the Olympics grow."