Alyssa, 11, excited to make CCCAN diving debut
News day / TJ Donahue, 16, will also be representing this country for the first time in diving at the championships.

TJ, brother of TT swimmers Gabriella and Alexandria Donahue, is expected to arrive in the country this week as he is currently based in the United Sates.

Last October, Alyssa attended a diving exhibition conducted by Jamaican Olympic diver, Yona Knight-Williams, at the official opening of the Dry Dive facility.

Since then, she has been training under her coach Hannah Talbot.

Alyssa is eager to participate in the tournament and looks forward to representing Team TTO .

During last Saturday's training session, Newsday caught up the young diver and her coach as she discussed her emotions heading into the tournament.

Alyssa stated, "I am really excited to have this opportunity since it is the first time I will be at such a big competition and it makes me a lot more comfortable competing at home and diving in the pool I train at." Admitting she also feels nervous, Alyssa believes once she executes her dives the way she has been doing in training, she will have a successful showing in the competition.

Alyssa is currently a form one student at ASJA Girls College San Fernando and has exams in the coming week. Asked about her time management and coping with training, school and her examination preparations, she said: "I have been in the pool training every day since the middle of June and a lot of my dives are new. But the good thing about diving is it's easy to remember your routines and practising your executions is important. As I have days off between tests, I intend on using those days to train while leaving enough time for me to revise for exams." Her coach Talbot, who is just 20 years old, was a former diver herself in England but was forced out of competing due to an injury.

Since then, she retired from competitive diving and focused on attaining her coaching qualifications while attending University.

Talbot will coach Team TTO 's divers from the side-lines as they take to the platform at the Diving Championships.

Talbot explained, "The main objectives, being the first major tournament for us, is getting the exposure and learning from the experience as we move forward." She hopes the tournament would inspire more persons to become involved in the sport of diving as it can open the eyes of everyone in the country, furthermore the region, towards the aquatic sport.

Alyssa, 11, excited to make CCCAN diving debut

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