MENTORING: George Bovell

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Bovell, Carter gearing up for Commonwealth swims

 Top Trinidad and Tobago swimmer George Bovell says he is mentoring FINA World Youth silver medallist Dylan Carter even as he prepares for his Men’s 50m freestyle event at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland.

The two-man T&T swim team starts its campaign from the first day of competition at the Tollcross Swimming Centre from Thursday to next Tuesday.

Carter, the World Youth Men’s 50m butterfly silver medallist, will be swimming the 400m freestyle on Thursday and the 200m freestyle on Friday, while Bovell prepares for swimming’s blue riband event whose preliminaries are on Monday morning. Carter is also part of the national team for the Youth Olympics in Nanjing, China next month.

In an Amateur Swimming Association of Trinidad and Tobago media release, Bovell said Carter reminds him of himself when he competed at the his first Olympics in Sydney 2000.

“Dylan Carter is here with me, he is my roommate. His enthusiasm makes for a synergy between us. He is very receptive to the hard-gained insights I am passing on, well prepared and is looking great in the water. 

“I am excited to see him swim as he competes in the 200m and 400m freestyle events. Dylan (Carter) reminds me of myself when I first started representing T&T at the open international level under the mentorship of Sebastien Paddington. Now my role is reversed as I am the mentor to the next generation and I hope to help him break my 200m freestyle open record, which has stood for too long. I expect to see him in the finals, potentially on the podium, his competition is very stiff here  and will be exciting to follow,” Bovell said. 

Bovell added that the calm , friendly atmosphere is about to give way to fierce and exciting  rivalry in the different disciplines.

“It is important to be aware of this and to remain relaxed, calm, and humble because nothing is certain and there is still much work to do. We should never become complacent and lose sight of our goals.  The physiological aspect of my performance is perhaps the element of the equation that I have the most control over, it can very often make the biggest difference in affecting the outcome of stressful situations. This physiological tenacity is something that comes with experience gained from having been in similar situation many times before. I intend to exercise full control of it by practising deliberate thinking, and to achieve technical excellence in the multitude of small details that comprise the race regardless of how fresh and fast, or heavy and stiff my body may be feeling,” the 2004 Olympic bronze medallist said. 

Bovell , the 2013 World Championship Men’s 50m free bronze medallist said that though his form hasn’t been great coming into the Games, he has made adjustments to fine tune his preparation ahead of the 50m free.

“The gold medal in the 50m freestyle is still far from my grasp. There is a lot of competition as this is the closest (most competitive) race in sport. I will admit that lately my form has not been as great as it needs to be. I came into this season inspired by my success last year and with this intensity I actually managed to become overtrained and too broken down and have gained some impressive endurance that has come at the expense of my speed. To counter this lately over the last two weeks, I have really dropped the volume and kept some of the intensity in my training in an attempt to let my body recover,” Bovell explained.

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