World Championship bronze medallist in 2012, George Bovell, is keen to give back to young swimmers and impart key competition skills. In this regard, the 29 year old swimmer has teamed up with the Sports Company of Trinidad and Tobago to host the four-day 'Dive In Swim Clinic' at various locations across the country, starting today.
Athletes ranging from 11-17 years old have been targeted to participate.
To assist him with the sessions, Bovell has recruited top international swimmers Duje Draganja of Croatia and American Joseph Pascale. Draganja is an Olympic silver medallist (2004) and two-time world champion in the 50-metre freestyle, while Pascale is an accomplished martial artist and swimmer who has recently returned to elite competition in the pool.
The clinics will be conducted from 4pm to 7pm on the following dates and venues:
Today at Point Fortin Community Centre
Tomorrow at Centre of Excellence, Macoya
Saturday at Blue Dolphin Swimming Pool, St. James
Sunday at YMCA Swimming Pool, Courland, Tobago
Using the hashtag #GoBigandGiveBack, Bovell has taken to his popular Twitter feed to promote the event. "I am anxious to impart everything I know to the young competitive swimmers. There is a certain attitude and technique that's required to competing well on the elite stage and our local swimmers will need that extra edge if they are to excel at international meets."
Corporate sponsors Atlantic and the National Petroleum Company of Trinidad and Tobago are also providing support to the Clinic.