The CARIFTA Aquatics Championships is an annual, age-group event for the Caribbean. It has been held since 1985, and is similar in form/origin to the track & field/athletics CARIFTA Games which was first staged in Barbados in 1972, the brainchild of Austin Sealy, the then former President of the Olympic Association.
In its inception, participating countries were part of the Caribbean Free Trade Association (CARIFTA) but it has since expanded membership to include Caribbean nations outside of this agreement. In 2002, the Aquatics Championships was broadened to include the disciplines of water polo and synchronised swimming and in 2013 the Open Water event was introduced for the first time.
Also in 2002, the Cayman Islands established the Landon Von Kanel Award which is presented to the 11-12 year old boy who wins both the 200m and 400m Freestyle events at the CARIFTA Championships. In 1996, Landon Von Kanel at 12 years of age won Cayman’s first ever CARIFTA medals in the 200 and 400 metre freestyle events causing much excitement and pride, and initiating previously unknown attention on the sport of swimming in Cayman. Tragically, at just 18 years, Landon was killed in a car crash. This special CARIFTA award is in honor of his memory and to inspire other young men in the sport.
CARIFTA Aquatics Championships 2019, Barbados
If you or your swimmer(s) have any questions, please discuss with your respective Club coaches and/or Coach Bailey.
2018 CARIFTA JAMAICA
2017 CARIFTA BAHAMAS
2016 CARIFTA MARTINIQUE
2015 CARIFTA BARBADOS 4-8 APRIL
2014 CARIFTA ARUBA
2013 CARIFTA JAMAICA
2012 CARIFTA BAHAMAS 12-15 APRIL
2011 CARIFTA BARBADOS 23-26 APRIL
2010 CARIFTA JAMAICA 3-6 APRIL
2009 CARIFTA ARUBA 16-19 APRIL
2008 CARIFTA ARUBA 27-31 MARCH
2007 CARIFTA JAMAICA 7-1O APRIL
2006 CARIFTA BARBADOS 6-9 APRIL
2005 CARIFTA CURACAO 31 March-3 APRIL
2004 CARIFTA BAHAMAS 15-18 APRIL