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you still have?
To qualify for 2016 World Cham-
pionships in December and later on
to acquire a scholarship to study for-
eign languages and to make it to the
Olympic games 2020. To finish my
education in my chosen field and
continue to be a role model for others
What is your typical day like?
Life as a swimmer/student for me
at 3.30 every morning, getting to
training in San Fernando from
Chaguanas for 4.30 am where Mr
Joseph Mc Leod is the coach. Two
hours later, I am out of the water
and I head to school at Trinity Col-
lege East. After a full day at school,
I travel to La Joya for two hours of
gym work with trainer Allan Check-
ley. I then return home around 7.30
pm to get my schoolwork done and
prepare to do it all over again next
day. Maintaining an above-average
grade at school is very important to
What are your hobbies and inter-
ests other than swimming?
I like to watch and occasionally
How did you become so involved
I started out at the beginners level
and quickly discovered I had some
talent so I decided to follow through
and discover how far I could take it.
Tell us about your inspiration,
motivation and becoming so good
I thank God for my mother and
all the hard work she puts in, waking
me up on a morning, getting me to
training and swim meets. She is one
of the true reasons why I am so suc-
What are some of the challenges
you face as a swimmer?
It s hard finding time for studies.
Another challenge is finding funding
for travel when representing T&T,
and other immediate needs such as
training, personal maintenance, com-
petition preparations etc. It would
be great if any companies reading
this interview can assist. I will do
my best to advertise your products.
What do you consider as your
greatest achievement so far?
Having qualified to represent T&T
in 2015 at the Youth Commonwealth
Of all your prizes and awards,
which do you rate as extremely spe-
Being awarded Junior Sportsman
of the Year by the TTOC and Boys
Youth of the Year by First Citizens
If you had an opportunity to
meet anyone in the world, who
would it be and why?
Cameron Van der Burgh, Olympic
champion because of his continuous
persistence in maintaining his status
in world ranking as one of the top
breaststrokers, which is currently
my pet event.
Upcoming events, competitions
Carifta Games March 2016, CISC
Swim Championship June 2016,
World Championships December
What makes someone a swim-
Hard work, dedication and staying
If someone wanted to get involved
in your sport, how can they go about
doing so? Is there an association, a
club, places to learn, etc?
My club, Atlantis Aquatics, hosts
daily learn-to-swim programmes for
kids and adults at our home pool in
Carib Street, San Fernando.
What advice would you give to
the country s youths to create a
My advice to them and other stu-
dents is don t get comfortable with
each success, but to work harder
and dream larger after accomplishing
goals. For me, being an athlete is not
easy. You have to train and study
hard. Where would you get time?
You make the time. You have to put
your all into training and then go do
homework, and that s okay. These
late nights you endure to finish long
assignments will truly be worth it.
Making your parents and guardians
proud as you perform well in sports
and have great grades, you will get
great satisfaction. It is not until you
work for this that it will be achieved.
Do not stop as you achieve, dream
Describe yourself in two words,
one beginning with J, the other
with T, the initials of your name.
Jovial and Tenacious
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Swimmer Jeron cops Boys' Youth of the Year award
From Page B1
Junior Sportsman of the Year Jeron Thompson and First Citizens Group CEO Karen Darbasie during the awards
ceremony held at the Hyatt Regency, in January. PHOTO: SEAN NERO
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