Cayman aims to make big splash at CARIFTA

‘The sport of swimming has shown the resilience and fortitude that Caymanians are so well known for in the way it has re-established itself rapidly post-Ivan,’ said a Cayman Islands Amateur Swim Association spokesperson.

‘With the amazing efforts of staff and volunteers allowing the Lions Pool to re-open quickly after the storm, and with the ocean around us always available for our open water swimmers, swimmers in Cayman are already back ‘in the swim’.’

The Cayman Islands Amateur Swim Association (CIASA) recently confirmed that Cayman will send a national team to the CARIFTA Swim Championships, to be held this year in Curacao from March 30th through April 3rd., Cayman’s team will comprise approximately 15 athletes from 11-17 yr olds, with qualification for the team to be decided based upon qualifying times and performance in training leading up to the event.

‘Cayman Swimming has a tremendous record at this competition, and CARIFTA 2005 will be a tremendous opportunity for Cayman as a country to get behind one of our leading sports teams as they show the rest of the Caribbean that it takes more than a hurricane to dampen the Cayman spirit.’ said the spokesperson.

However, 2005 will be a different year for Cayman’s athletes, as a number of top competitive swimmers left the island post-hurricane Ivan, and several are still based overseas and continuing their swim training.

‘Having clearly defined goals and standards is a critical factor for motivation of swimmers who train anything from 6 to 10 times per week through the long winter months,’ said coach Dominic Ross. ‘CARIFTA is a key event for us and never more so than this year with our swimmers spread out in many cities and countries.’

The association thanked its sponsors, including major CARIFTA sponsor Cable & Wireless. Interested corporate or individual sponsors may contact Joe Stasiuk at [email protected]