On November 10 Nigel Forbes of the Bahamas representing the YMCA Waverunners created history for himself and his country when he recorded the fastest 100 metre butterfly time for an 11-12 boy from the English speaking Caribbean.
The calendar year 2018 had proven extremely successful for young Nigel with starting with the top CARIFTA region 11-12 100 metre butterfly performance at the inaugural UANA Cup in Florida where he won a Silver medal. After which he won the CARIFTA , REV National Championships and CCCAN crowns
Nigel though winning Gold had just missed the Championship records at CARIFTA and CCCAN
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It would almost seem that it would be the case of that oft repeated swimming adage ” last one fast one” . The occasion would be the 2018 Barracuda Family Guardian Invitational. In that race Nigel produced the fastest time ever by an 11-12 boy in the 100 metre butterfly. He uncorked a time of 1:00.20 breaking the unofficial CARIFTA English speaking record of 1:00.29 set by Franz Huggins way back in July of 1992.
When draftingthecaribbean informed Nigel Forbes about his feat ” He said he was “shocked and suprised”. When asked to describe the race he said “coach told me to go out hard and see what he had coming back.I went out hard and felt good on the first 50 metres but everything hurt on the last 50 metres. My coach told me it was a good swim and I should continue doing what I was doing in practice”
When asked about his plans re time in the event now that he is in the 13-14 age group he said ” I am looking to do a 59 low or 58 and will be trying to achieve that time a meet in Florida shortly”
Draftingthecaribbean contacted the former record holder in the event Franz Huggins , the former age group coach of Dylan Carter and Joshua Romany . The year was 1992 and Huggins was being conditioned by Richard Knaggs, a Central American and Caribbean Games medallist.
Huggins described the type of training he was doing at the time and who his main challengers would be
” Heavy aerobic with a lot of speed endurance. Three times a week was racing. It was not only being able to race but repeat it in training . Patrick DaSilva was a training partner who was older in the 13-14 age group who helped push me in training on the swimming. Joel Seda and Arsenio Lopez of Puerto Rico , Enrico McConney of Barbados,Masai Zebechaka and Tshaka Douglas of Jamaica would be the main competition.
He also described the race and how he felt at the time
The record was held by Jose Santa Puerto Rico at 1:02.13 set in 1986 in Curacao 1:02.13. My goal was to go faster than 1:02 and my previous best was 1:04.60 the previous year .I felt confident going out fast on the opening 50 metres and then the base training would help me to finish well .That year (the now defunct) Caribbean Islands Swimming Championships CISC was held in Trinidad and Tobago hosted by Marlins Swim. I have never experienced such a adrenaline rush before,. In the race there was no pain, went out in 28.4 and finished well in a time of 1:00.29 That year I went faster than everyone in 13-14 at the meet.That performance also got me nominated for the Sportsman of the Year.
Huggins also gave advice for age group swimmers
” Most kids are still developmental cycle and need to have a structured work and rest cycle . Training should be generalized and not specialized at a young age. Swimmers should swim as many events as possible.They should also learn about different energy systems and the concept of proper nutrition.He also emphasized resistance training is important for injury prevention and Motor skills but not for gaining muscle mass.
He also had a few words for Nigel as well as other age group standouts
The one thing I would tell any swimmer who has had a measure of success at this age is that that really has not yet begun.There are so many things to achieve and goals to set. As a young swimmer there is still the Junior world Championships, Commonwealth Youth Games, Youth Olympics and then you get into senior swimming, those who go to college in the United States have many championships, then you get into senior swimming there are the Central american and Caribbean Games,PAN american Games,World Championships and Commonwealth Games and the ultimate being the Olympics so just take it one step at a time .Every success is a benchmark but it is a long road ahead.Stay grounded and keep working hard”.