Friday, February 23, 2018

Yorke: Focus on qualifying for World Youth

MEDAL MAN: T&T’s top male swimmer at the Carifta Swimming Championships Kael Yorke displays his four medals at the media launch for the Central American and Caribbean Aquatics Championships (CCCAN) to be hosted here.

Trinidad and Tobago's top male performer at the 32nd Carifta Swimming and Open Water Championships Kael Yorke is now focused on trying to qualify for the July 19-23 Commonwealth Youth Games in the Bahamas and the August 23-28 FINA World Junior Championships in the USA.

And team captain Jeron Thompson, the 2015 TTOC and First Ctizens Junior Sportsman of the Year, praised the effort of the 11-12 swimmers on the team.

Yorke earned a hattrick of gold for his wins in the Boys 15-17 50m, 100m and 200m butterfly and one bronze in the Boys 15-17 4 x 50m free relay just and was supported by teammate and friend Thompson two gold (50m breaststroke, 50m freestyle), one silver (50m butterfly) and also a bronze in the same relay as Yorke.

Yorke was satisfied with his Carifta returns.

“I was pretty happy with my results and bringing home points and contributing to the team. The preparation was good and I did my best,” said Yorke who first accomplished the hattrick of butterfly wins as a 13-14 in the 2015 edition of Carifta.

Yorke classified his 200m fly gold as his favourite win.

“I wasn't in front or anything I was behind (at the halfway mark), and I (fought) and came back from behind and I won the race so that was my favourite,” he said, “Right now I am preparing to try to make the standards for (Youth Commonwealth, and August 23-28) Junior Worlds and I will be preparing for those with the CCCAN Games.”

He said the team owed their improved performance fourth place finish, up one spot from fifth last year, to solid preparation.

”We went with a stronger team and a full team too so all of that` would have added to the points We had a few mishaps in terms of people getting disqualified but we still were able to come fourth so I think that was the goal for us, “Yorke concluded .

In a swimtt Facebook interview, Thompson the 2015 commended the performance of the young swimmers, most of whom made their national team debuts.

“They really put heir heart and effort into trying to do the best they could have done for T&T and that's all that we could have asked for,” Thompson said after also praising the performances of Yorke, Gabriela Donahue, Amira Pilgrim and Jada Chatoor.