Shanntol Ince

(The Trinidad &Tobago Mermaid)

On the 10th April 1995, Shanntol “Shanny” Ince was born in Claxton Bay, south Trinidad, to Tracy and St. Paul Ince.  The first of five children Shanntol came into this world with a deformity her right leg was much shorter than her left leg. Shanntol started swimming at the age of four while at kindergarten. 

In July 2004, Shanntol stunned an appreciative crowd of spectatorsand shocked a field of the country’s best swimmers in the Eight and Under category.  She won both the 200 metres Individual Medley and 100 metres Freestyle events at the National Long Course Swimming Championships held at St. Anthony’s Swimming Pool, Westmoorings Trinidad WI.

In 2008, she swam in the Hyundai 3000 metres Cross- Harbour at Maracas Bay on the north coast of Trinidad.   Only 13 years old, Shanntol emerged 8th overall in the women’s category.

A determined young teenager, she set out to prove that persons with a disability could achieve anything they set their minds to, and be the best at what they do. At the 6th Annual Summer Splash Swim Meet which took place on the island of St. Lucia WI in August 2009, she continued to impress sport aficionados by placing second in the 13-14 women age group title. Miss Ince competed with able-bodied swimmers.

At the JIMI FLOWERS SWIM CLASSIC held in June 2010 at Colorado Springs USA, Shanntol continued to show promise by achieving the following:

EVENT
CEDED TIMES
COMP. TIMES
PLACE
IPC MQS
COMMENTS
50m Freestyle
34:81
34:50
4th
32:59
Personal “Best Time”
100m Freestyle
1:14:84
1:14:52
2nd
1:09:78
Personal “Best Time”
200M Freestyle
2:38:89
2:41:86
3rd
50m Backstroke
40:12
40:01
1st
Personal “Best Time”
100M Backstroke
1:24:81
1:25:57
3rd
1:22:85
200M Backstroke
3:07:47
3:07:18
2nd
Personal “Best Time”
50M Butterfly
36:14
39:01
2nd
100M Butterfly
1:21:37
1:27:19
1st
1:30:73
Achieved Minimum Qualifying Standard (MQS)
200M Butterfly
3:05:59
3:26:14
1st

In July 2010, The Trinidad and Tobago Paralympic Committee nominated Miss Ince to participate in the Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee (TTOC) Youth Camp.  This is a ten (10) day non-residential daytime camp for young male and female athletes between the ages of twelve (12) and sixteen (16).  The Youth Campers are normally young persons who show an affinity towards sports, and are chosen from the various NSOs and clubs.  It is intended to be a forum for young people to learn to live together, to interact with persons from different economic, social, ethnic, religious and educational backgrounds.

Miss Shanntol Ince created history by becoming this country's first Para-athlete to compete at a Commonwealth Games October, 2010.  On Monday 4th October 2010, Shanntol completed her International Classification which consisted of a Bench test, a Water test and observation during competition.  This was performed by the IPC Classification Team and is as follows:

S9 – Freestyle, backstroke and butterfly strokes
SB8 – Breaststroke
SM9 – Individual Medley

Commonwealth Games Competition:

EVENT
CEDED TIMES
COMP. TIMES
FINALS
PLACE
IPC Rankings
COMMENTS
50M Freestyle
34:31
34:30
34:07
5th
44
Personal “Best Time
100M Freestyle
1:14:84
1:14:01
1:14:00
6th
43
Personal “Best Time
100M Butterfly
1:21:37
n/a
1:22:64
6th
26


Miss Shanntol Ince on her return from New Delhi November 2010


On the 29th December 2010, Miss Shanntol Ince was named Sports Personality of the Year for 2010 by the Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee (TTOC). Presentation made by Mr. Larry Romany, President TTOC

 

At the First Citizen’s Sport Foundation's Youth Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year Awards Ceremony held 4th February 2011, Miss Shanntol Ince was honoured as the Most Outstanding Paralympic Athlete for 2010. Presentation made by Dr. Terry Ali, President of the Trinidad and Tobago Sports Medicine Association.



Miss Ince is now preparing to compete at the Parapan American Games Guadalajara 2011 with the objective of qualifying for the Paralympic Games London 2012.





A Form 5 student of the Gasparillo Secondary School, Miss Ince pays keen interest to her academic studies as she acknowledges that the need to be ahead of the class since her preparations for the Paralympic Games London 2012 competes with her CXC Examinations in the same year. This has not daunted her as she is determined to represent Trinidad and Tobago not only in London but beyond.

Shanntol regimen is tough; she trains twice a day which includes Gym work.  Shanntol is also actively involved in physical education at school, dancing and netball.
Devoted to her faith, Church and family, her advice to other young people facing similar challenges is to “put God first in everything you do; don't think of your situation as a setback or something bad, think of it as a challenge to get to somewhere greater than where you are right now."

Shanntol’s career goal is to become an Orthopaedic Surgeon.