Aug 06, 2012 Sports
After just 10 months in a pool, nine year old, Delroy Tyrrell has managed to convince his parents among other aficionados, of his swimming potential; his performances after never stepping foot in a pool before has made him a talent to watch in the future.
“Considering that a year ago, he was diagnosed with Crohns’ disease and the fact that he took up swimming only nine months ago, I believe he is worth some recognition,” Delroy’s father, Pastor Fitzroy Tyrrell told Kaieteur Sport in an email sent to this writer.
Indeed, being a performing athlete, especially a swimmer with Crohn’s disease, this according to research, is an Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IDB) that affects any part of the gastrointestinal tract from the mouth to the anus, cannot be easy.
Tyrrell has announced his talent in swimming against such background, which cannot be termed ordinary in no stretch of the imagination. The Trinidad and Tobago-based young swimmer, who resides there with his family, aims to one day, beat all the odds.
In his first major competitive meet, which happened to be the National Short Course Swim Meet that Atlantis Swim Club hosted two weekends ago, Tyrrell was impressive. The competition was held to select Trinidad’s team for the upcoming Goodwill tour to Guyana.
He won his 200m IM Heat with a time of 3:16.21 seconds. He also won his 200 Freestyle Heats with a time of 2:57.13 seconds. He also won the 100m Butterfly Heat in 1:29.37 and qualified for the 50m B Finals where he swam 36.50 seconds in the finals, placing second.
He was moved into the top eight swimmers in the 9-10 categories in two events, the 200m IM and 100m Butterfly. Pastor Tyrrell explained that Delroy was not expected to make the Trinidad team because it is not a year since he started competing.
“He is aiming to make the Trinidad National team for the Goodwill tour in 2013,” Tyrrell noted, adding that the Tidal Wave Aquatics Club swimmer is determined to achieve his goal. Tyrrell is, however, satisfied with his son’s rate of ascendancy in the sport.
“Nine months ago, he only knew how to swim freestyle. His first non-competitive school meet, which was last October, he swam only one race, the 25m freestyle and placed 8th overall with a time of 23 seconds in the 8-9boys category,” Tyrrell informed, ensuring that he underscore the fact that “this is only after three weeks with the club.”
In March, Delroy competed at his second meet (Stingray Primary and Secondary School Meet) and competed in all the strokes. He placed 3rd in the Backstroke, 8th in the Freestyle and helped his school win two gold medals in the Freestyle and Medley relay relays.
Then in April he competed in the Point Fortin Borough Junior Swim Meet and placed 2nd in the 25m Backstroke; 2nd in the Breaststroke with a time of 23:73; Second in the Freestyle and third in the Butterfly.
Delroy continued his ascendancy on Father’s Day when he took part in the National Primary School Meet and placed first overall after placing second in the Freestyle, first in the Backstroke and first in the Breaststroke. His school won both the Freestyle and Medley relays.
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