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The Honourable Darryl Smith with Jamaican diver, Yona Knight-Wisdom, and the Lambert School of Dance Gymnastics Club
The Honourable Darryl Smith with Jamaican diver, Yona Knight-Wisdom, and the Lambert School of Dance Gymnastics Club
Honourable Darryl Smith (second from right) with Nikoli Blackman (centre), Coach (right) and Nikoli's parents (left)
Honourable Darryl Smith (second from right) with Nikoli Blackman (centre), Coach (right) and Nikoli's parents (left)

The Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs and the Sports Company of Trinidad and Tobago hosted a kiddie clinic on Saturday, 1st October 2016 at the National Aquatic Centre.

Jamaican Olympic debutante Yona Knight-Wisdom facilitated the one day kiddie clinic with ten gymnasts from the Lambert School of Dance Gymnastic Club. Yona sought to broaden the perspective of the young gymnasts by demonstrating the skill sets diving and gymnastics shared while pointing out their distinct differences. Onlooking parents were very happy to see their kids participate and learn new techniques that will help them fine tune their skill.

The Honourable Minister Darryl Smith welcomed Yona and was happy the kids had the experience. He reiterated that the National Aquatic Centre is not his own but belongs to the people of Trinidad and Tobago and should be utilized to its full potential.

Today was also a monumental one for the swimming fraternity as ten year old Nikoli Blackman swam a national record breaking time of 2:15.39 in the 200m freestyle, boys 9-10 years category, on Day one of the Invitational Swim Meet. This record was previously held by Zarek Wilson with a time of 2:17.89. Nikoli was the first person to break a swimming record at the newly opened National Aquatic Centre.

Minister Smith congratulated young Nikoli and encouraged parents to keep supporting their kids in whichever sporting discipline they endeavor. The Minister stated that it was amazing that at the first swim meet hosted at the spanking new state of the art facility, a national record was broken on the first day of competition. He hopes that many more records will be broken at the centre.

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The Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs

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