Cayman’s young swimmers get their annual chance to test themselves against the best in the region again next week.
It’s the XXIII Carifta Swimming Championships at the Piscina Olympico ‘Roly Bisslik’ in Savaneta, Aruba.
This meet is exciting for the youngsters selected by Cayman Islands Amateur Swimming Association.
With continued critical support from Cable and Wireless and Cayman Airways, these kids are proud to don their gear, climb aboard to swim their guts out.
Personal best efforts is what they seek, the experience of international competition and forging friendships, some of which will last them a lifetime.
A few rookies, a few in their last year of this age-group competition, it’s a mixed bunch.
The venue is an eight lane 50 metre pool with Omega electronic timing system plus a 15m warm down pool. Carifta must be in a 50m pool, that’s why Cayman has never hosted.)
The team travels out on Tuesday until the following Monday via Cayman Airways, with a contingent of supporters following a day later. Competition is from Wednesday.
Countries participating Antigua and Barbuda, France (Martinique + Guadeloupe), Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman, Dominca, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Netherlands Antilles, St Luica, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos and the US Virgin Islands.
It’s run under FINA Rules in age group format: 11-12, 13-14, 15-17 Female + Male. The ages are taken as of 31 December 2007.
The preliminaries are in the morning, finals in evening.
Cayman only has swimmers at the meet as it does not field a synchronized swimming or water polo team.