T&T will participate in six of the seven sporting disciplines at the Caribbean Games which begins June 29 in Guadeloupe.
A 62-member contingent was named on Thursday that will see T&T represented at the Under-23 Games in athletics, 3x3 basketball, cycling, futsal, netball and swimming.
Leading local swimmer at the Pan American Age Group Swimming Championships, held in T&T earlier this month, Nikoli Blackman has been named on the swim team. Blackman broke three meet records and emerged the top swimmer in the boys 15-17 age group.
Fellow outstanding swimmers at the championships Ornella Walker and Jahmia Harley is also part of the team along with college-based swimmers Mark-Anthony Beckles and Aqeel Joseph.
The athletics team will also feature several college-based athletes including sprinters Kion Benjamin, Jaydon Moore, Akilah Lewis, Leah Bertrand and Naomi Campbell, hurdler Tamia Badal, and quartermilers Rae-Anne Serville and Che Lara.
Benjamin, Moore, Lara and Lorenzo Luces, who will also represent in the triple jump, make up the men’s 4x100m while Badal, Bertrand, Campbell and Serville comprise the quartet who will race in the women’s sprint relay.
Stacy Santana, administrative officer at the T&T Olympic Committee (TTOC) will serve for the first time also as Chef De Mission. She will also be departing ahead ofthe team on June 26 to ensure that everything is in place for the team arrival on June 28.
“I’m extremely excited and proud to be named Chef de Mission for the 2022 Caribbean Games. I was part of the Local Organising Committee for the 2009 Caribbean Games and to say that I was disappointed when it was cancelled is an understatement. I am truly humbled and grateful to the TTOC for the trust they have placed in me to lead our U23 team to this inaugural Games and I am confident that our athletes will do us proud,” said Santana.