‘Get back in the water’ was the invitation from Stingray Swim Club last Saturday and the people responded with 93 young swimmers registered to take part. It was called the KPMG Burner and the sun did its part blazing down on a series of quick-fire sprint races with the emphasis on fun and participation. More than 50 of the swimmers who took part were 8 or younger.
Meet Director Sara Mackay beamed as she surveyed the area behind the start brimming with eager youngsters.’This is just so adorable,’ she said.
Two three year-olds, Jude Egglishaw and Cameron Walters shined in the meet. Swimming 25 meters is no mean feat for most adults. To step up and swim it in front of packed bleachers takes courage.
It must have been a thrill for these little ones to swim in the same event as many CARIFTA swimmers and especially for five-year old Adam Stainrod who found his only opponent was Coach Dominic Ross. Ross did not want him to have to swim the race alone. Adam went on to claim the high-points award for 6-and-under boys. There were so many first-timers and inexperienced swimmers, they cannot all be named. However, Florence Allan was a new name and she won two events on the way to securing the high-points award for 6 & under girls. The intrepid 6 & unders who swam at the CARIFTA Time Trials in February (Tynan – now 7 – and Katie Klein, Isabella Rooney, Allie Artuch, Alex Slocock and James Priaulx) all turned out again and swam well with Alex and Katie winning two races each. Katie and Tynan at 5 & 7 are already veterans.
It was a triumphant return for the Brodericks who have just come back to the island; Arianna won three races in wrestling the 7-8 high-points award from Lauren Hill. Brother Sean finished runner-up to Sai Eccles in the 9-10 category.
The focus of the day was on participation and this was highlighted by the fun relays which finished off the day as CARIFTA swimmers made up teams with the greenest rookies.
The next SSC event is the Lions Sprint Meet on May 28th, when another great turnout is anticipated. Anyone who wants to join or find out more about the Club, call the secretary on 925-5410, talk to any Board member or visit our website at www.caymanswimming.com (email: [email protected]). Full results of this and all Cayman swimming events are posted on the Website.
Swim officials thanked KPMG, who in addition to auditing the Stingray accounts pro bono for many years, stepped in at very short notice to sponsor the Burner Meet. Organisers also thanked Progressive Distribution for once again providing the refreshments.