Pirates Week wouldn’t be complete without the Mike Lockwood Memorial Swim Meet, which promises to be good competition and fun, again this year. Three teams are coming from Jamaica, 45 swimmers and additional supporters, many for their first international competition.
Hosted by Stingray Swim Club, Fosters Food Fair will again sponsor the annual event.
Open to all local swimmers, deadline for local entries is Tuesday, Nov 14th at 5pm. Meet information and entry forms are available at www.caymanswimming.com. Entries along with payment should be turned to the Stingray shed at the Lions Aquatic Center.
Entries, including a couple six year olds, have already been received from the Tornadoes, the Blue Seals and Y-Speedos teams.
Delighted with the approaching competition, Head Coach Dominic Ross commented, ‘This is always a fun meet to get the season started. The support and camaraderie of the Jamaican teams each and every year makes it all the more exciting. In swimming, as in all sports, it is hugely important that athletes experience true competition on a regular basis. We are truly blessed to have such a great relationship with our closest neighbours, one which works both ways, as Caymans swimmers intend to return the favour by traveling to Jamaica for a Long Course meet early next year”.
A complete meet, with all events in all distances in the standard age-group format, it will be run in three sessions. Competitors are limited to four events per session, are encouraged to consult their coaches before submitting their entries, as they may be ready to swim up a distance or age group.
The first session starts 5pm Friday and will consist of 20 events of varying strokes & distances for ’10 & Unders’ and the ’11-12’s’, and some Open events including the distance 800 and 1500 metre freestyle.
Saturday’s Session Two, starting at 9am with a Welcome, will be 38 events, mostly short sprint distances for the ‘8 & Unders’ and 9-10 yr olds as well as various stroke and distance events for the older competitors.
Sunday’s 38 events session will also start at 9am. All ages swim this session, including the inspiring ‘6 & Unders’.
Also coming from Jamaica will be Amateur Swim Assoc of Jamaica (ASAJ) President John Eyre, as a training official. A Referee on the FINA list, Eyre was elected Secretary of the Confederacion Centroamericano y del Caribe de Natacion Amateur (CCCAN), an important regional position.
Officiating classes will again be offered free of charge. Lots of volunteers are needed for the three day, three session meet. Stingray Swim Club is famous for the free hospitality offered to volunteers who help work meets.
The public is invited to turn out in support of all the youngsters.