Divers from the United States, Canada, and Mexico, who have world potential, will participate in the Pan American junior Championships which will take place in the western Cuban province of Matanzas from October 8-11.

Alongside the future stars of this trio of northern nations, representatives from Chile, Brazil, Venezuela, Ecuador, Dominican Republic, Columbia and Cuba will compete. In total around 120 participants are expected to attend.

Divers from the United States, Canada, and Mexico, who have world potential, will participate in the Pan American junior Championships which will take place in the western Cuban province of Matanzas from October 8-11.The event will, for the first time take place in the pool complex at the School of Sporting Initiation Luis Augusto Turcios Lima (EIDE in Spanish) in the Capital.

The following groups will compete: 10-11 years of age, 12-13, 14-15 y 16-18; immediate and future pools of young players in this type of aquatic sport in their respective countries.

Specialists consider that in the competition, the US, Canadian and Mexican athletes will accumulate a large number of gold medals as a result of their indisputable quality that treasures Olympic and worldwide titles.

In the installation headquarters which has become the general headquarters of local high performance diving, the Cuban Project is taking place with athletes from the host province Havana, and also from Santiago de Cuba, Pinar del Río and Camagüey, among others, some of them newly acquired following the National School and Junior Games last summer.

Economic difficulties impede the tuning up of the main competitive front for this aquatic sport on the island at the Baraguá Pool complex in East Havana, a fact that has had a determining impact on the level of national diving.

The use of this Matanzas institution together with the help given by Canadian friends in terms of resources required by this sport, made it possible to remain in the national junior and senior shortlists.

Jorge Betancourt García who achieved fourth place in the 2004 Athens Olympic Games, and is the current head of the podium in this discipline in the Matanzas EIDE, praised the conditions of the pool and predicted that the best possibilities for the Cubans to win medals lie in the category of those younger than 11 years of age.

Cuba has a renowned guarantee in this sport. The duo consisting of José Antonio Guerra and Jenkler Aguirre achieved gold in the synchronized 10m platform competition in the Pan American games in Toronto, Canada.

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