Jamaican Diver Ushers in Trini Aquatic Centre

yona-knight-wisdomIt’s a beautiful thing when Caribbean islands come together to celebrate milestone achievements and history-making.

As the twin island of Trinidad and Tobago recently opened the doors to  its new National Aquatic Centre, a son of Jamaican soil was there to celebrate right along with his Caribbean neighbours.


Jamaican Olympian Diver Yona Knight-Wisdom was greeted with enthusiastic cheers by students present at the unofficial opening, which was held at the Centre’s location in Balmain, Couva.

Trinidad and Tobago’s Sports Ministry stated that the new aquatic centre is one of three mega facilities which were completed in 2016 for the purpose of providing the twin island with “the capability to not only attract international aquatic events but also to develop national water sport teams, while offering to the public secure facilities in a safe and comfortable environment”.

The Aquatic Centre is, to date, the only one of its kind existing in the English-Speaking Caribbean, and features a 50m outdoor warm-up pool, a 50m competition pool and a 25m diving facility.

Other features include permanent seating accommodation for up to 700 persons, a fitness room with a sauna, a cold-water pool, an aqua gym, a fitness room and Turkish baths with water vapour production.

Knight-Wisdom, the first male Jamaican diver to be sent to the Olympics, will attend the formal opening of the centre which will run from October 1-2, where he will perform exhibition dives.

By: Danielle Dixon

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