Nesty set for Olympic conference at Hilton

Suriname swimmer Anthony Nesty, the 1988 Olympic Gold medallist, will be the feature speaker at the event entitled “On the Road to the Olympics” Conference.
At the conference, hosted at the Hilton Trinidad on Boxing Day, Nesty, whose gold medal splash in the Men’s 100 metres butterfly in the 1988 Seoul Games was a major upset of the odds-on favourite Matt Biondi from the USA, will relate his experiences on his way to that historic achievement.
He will be accompanied by paralympic swimmer Shanntol Ince, sprinter Richard Thompson, cyclist Njisane Phillip and sailor Andrew Lewis in an event organised by the Caribbean Athletic Development Corporation (CADC).
Also there will be Andrew Phillip, the former Jamaican Olympian swimmer and 1984 Los Angeles Olympics 200m Individual Medley finalist, and former T&T Olympic swimmer Karen Dieffenthaller-Donahue, both of them directors of the CADC.
According to a media statement from the organisers, the Olympians will gather for an evening of “fellowship, inspiration and education”.
Nesty, the current assistant swimming coach at the University of Florida, said: “I am excited to be able to give back to swimming and the region in which my career started”.
Dieffenthaller Donahue, the first female swimmer to represent T&T at the Olympics, will also share her experiences and the path she took to get to the Quadrennial Games.
The event will include several network opportunities, video presentations and a question and answer segment as well as a panel discussion.
Interested coaches parents and athletes are are invited to the event that runs from 4-8 pm.
Persons can purchase tickets online at
The Conference is the highlight of the Wave Camp series the CADC will conduct.
That camp starts with a two-day water polo on December 21-22. On December 24, they travel to Tobago for a one-day strength and conditioning  camp on the beach.
Then after the Conference, they throw a three day clinic dedicated for swimmers  to be hosted at the Marlins Swim Club.
From December 27-29. 
Strength and Conditioning coach Raphael Ruiz, who worked with Dave Marsh in the past and who has trained Olympic swimmers, NFL football players, world class track and field athletes and soccer players, will impart his knowledge to the camp participants which is expected to include local swimmers and coaches.
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