Cayman swimmers seek community support

Having completed their first fund raising event by swimming the length of Seven Mile Beach in a sponsored, Carifta swim team members are now selling raffle tickets to help get them to Bridgetown, Barbados for CARIFTA competition.

Raising funds wasn’t their only motivation in swimming the open water swim. Knowing how to appeal to teenagers, Dr Sook Yin, CIASA board member and whirlwind in her own right, donated an Ipod Nano for the swimmer who completed the distance and raised the most funds. Carolina Watler was the happy recipient.

Cable and Wireless, Maples and Calder, Cayman Airways and Speedo are major corporate sponsors for the team’s annual trip to what is effectively the Caribbean age-group championship, an important developmental meet.

Getting a team of 19 athletes plus coaches and manager to the southern Caribbean is one of CIASA’s major and costly undertaking’s each year.

Carifta competition rules require a 50 metre pool and warm down facilities, so Cayman is out of the running to host the regional meet. In the northern Caribbean, just Jamaica and the Bahamas have 50 meter pools. Usually the event alternates between the northern and southern Caribbean. Barbados has a ten lane 50 metre pool at the Wildey Sports Complex.

This fund-raising effort gives the public a chance to participate and benefit at the same time, in the form of raffle tickets. A $25. ticket is a chance to win one of sixteen great prizes ranging from LCD TV, hotel and condo stays, boat trips, a video I-pod, X-box, MP3 player.

The prize drawings will be on CITN’s ‘Daybreak’ show March 31st, just before the team’s departure for Barbados April 3rd. For tickets, contact any Carifta team member (they train twice/day most days, at the Lions Pool) or Dr Sook Yin at 916-1237.

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