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CARIFTA Championships

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 2018, Jamaica

Water Polo: 15 - 18 March 

Swimming and Synchronised Swimming: 31 March to 3 April

Open Water Swimming: 4 April

Click here for a copy of our Selection Criteria for the Team

Click here for a copy of our 2017/2018 Time Standards

Click here for a copy of the Summons

If you or your swimmer(s) have any questions, please discuss with your respective Club coaches and/or Coach Bailey.

 

HISTORICAL RESULTS

 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