Nye Cruickshank successfully competed in 3 days of competition at the Para World Swimming Series in Lewisville, Texas from 15-17 April 2021.
Prior to the commencement of the games, she received her official Para Swimming classification of S9 in the Freestyle, Backstroke and Butterfly, SM9 in the Individual Medley and S8 in the Breastroke. Now that Cruickshank holds the official classification of a Para Swimmer it will open opportunities for further competition.
While this was Cruickshank’s first time competing in a Para Swimming event, it was also an opportunity for her to potentially make the qualifying standard for the Para Olympics later this year in Tokyo. Cruickshank competed in the 100M Breaststroke, 50M Freestyle and 200M IM. While she did not make the qualifying time in either of the listed events, she performed very well and was closest to obtaining the required time for the 100M Breaststroke.
Grenada is afforded one wild card for participation in the Para Olympic Games, therefore it is yet to be determined if Cruickshank will still have an opportunity to make her debut at the Para Olympics in August 2021. Cruickshank returns to Grenada on 21 April 2021 and will continue her training in preparation for future competitions and possibly attending the 2020 Para Olympic Games in Tokyo.
Coach Nataly Sierra who trained and accompanied Cruickshank has played a key role in her development. Cruickshank also worked closely in her training with Coach Ronald Charles. GASA would like to register its continued appreciation for the level of dedication and support received from both coaches. Coach Sierra will immediately join National Swimmer Delron Felix as he competes at the UANA Swimming Tokyo Qualifier in Clermont Florida.