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Marsh and McDonald controversially dropped from national youth swim team

By Jordan Forte

 

With the Commonwealth Youth Games set to get underway on Tuesday in the Bahamas, the parents of two of the nation's young swimmers have been left upset after learning their children have been removed from Jamaica's swim team for the event.

The parents of swimmer Jessie Marsh were left fuming after learning that he was removed from Jamaica's team which is currently in the Bahamas.

Marsh's father Allan, himself a former national representative and former vice-president of the Amateur Swimming Association of Jamaica (ASAJ), outlined that he received late notice for his son to attend a mandatory training camp in preparation for the Games.

However, he said his request for additional information was overlooked after which he got another letter from the Jamaica Olympic Association’s Secretary General Allan Beckford, indicating the consequences if his son did not report for the mandatory camp.

Marsh eventually reported for the camp but did not sleep over on any of the nights during the period that the camp was being conducted.

Marsh and the parents of Emily McDonald, the other swimmer involved, were then notified on Wednesday, July 12 that both swimmers have been left off the team because of a failure to attend the mandatory camp.

Marsh also said that both sets of parents had reached out to the Jamaica Olympic Association to have a meeting to voice their concerns but received no response.

His wife, Orealis says the decision was particularly unfair, considering the sacrifices her son, who goes to school in Florida, made in preparing for the Games.

The ASAJ had appealed the decision to leave both swimmers off the team but that appeal was  turned down by the JOA executive on Saturday.

The Commonwealth Youth Games runs from July 18-23 in Nassau, Bahamas with swimming set to get underway on Wednesday, July 19.

Both swimmers were still in training at the National Stadium pool up to Sunday morning with the hope of being included on the team. 



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