Grade 9 student Tyra Alleyne was selected to compete as a member of the Barbados CARIFTA Water Polo team 2018. She played on the Under 19 female team and the Under 16 male/mixed team. On the Under 19 female team, she trained to play primarily in the position known as the “hole” or “hole set”. This is a central position approximately two meters away from the opponents goal bar and key for powerful close range shots. She was able to score a number of key goals during the game and was considered to be one of the more powerful shooters on her team. This year, the Under 19 females came away with the SILVER medal and the under 16 male/mixed team secured the BRONZE medal. Tyra also represented Barbados in the CARIFTA Water Polo Championships in 2017 and that event was held in The Bahamas.
The CARIFTA Aquatics Championships is an annual, age-group aquatics championships for the Caribbean. It has been held since 1985, and is similar in form/origin to the track & field/athletics event: the CARIFTA Games. The event is held under the auspices of CANOC, the Caribbean Association of National Olympic Committees. The Championship was broadened to include the disciplines of water polo and synchronised swimming beginning in the year 2002. Barbados dominated the sport of water polo in the earlier years. At present, Trinidad and Tobago, The Bahamas and Barbados are considered to have the top national water polo teams in the region. The CARIFTA Water Polo Championships 2018 witnessed keen competition from the national teams of The Bahamas, Barbados, Curacao and Jamaica. The event was held at the National Aquatic Centre in Jamaica.
In 2017, Barbados started a Learn to Polo programme and is seeking to have one female and one male team in each of the age categories by 2020 – Under 14, Under 16 and Under 19. The CARIFTA Aquatic Championships will be hosted by Barbados in 2020.
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