Olympians take on champ Seiji

All four of Cayman’s Olympians will be at the annual Foster’s 800 metres Sea Swim tomorrow.

Olympic swimming brothers Shaune and Brett Fraser will compete and track aces Cydonie Mothersill and Ronald Forbes will hand out prizes.

The four Olympians have been invited to a special dinner tonight at the Ritz-Carlton in their honour and the Frasers get a chance to work off some of that excess in the swim tomorrow.

‘The Cayman Islands Swimming Association Open Water organizers are very excited about having our Beijing Olympians back on island for this swim,’ said organiser Bill McFarland.

‘We invite the entire swimming community to come out and swim with or watch our Olympians in this race. We are expecting about 125 swimmers to participate.’

The only hiccup could be weather the water will be safe enough to stage the event. With all the storms that have passed recently, organisers may decide that the waters are too choppy to risk it.

Last year’s defending champion is Seiji Groome. First female overall was Jeanine Rix but she won’t be there to defend her title as she has moved off island.

Weather permitting, this is the 24th running of the Foster’s Food Fair 800m Sea Swim. If given the go ahead, it starts at 4pm at Governor’s Beach, and finishes at Public Beach on West Bay Road.

With Foster’s backing, this is the longest continual sponsorship and is one of the most popular sea swims in the Cayman Islands Amateur Swimming Association’s Open Water Sea Swim Calendar.

The top three male and female finishers in all age group categories will be awarded with ‘bobble-head’ swim-trophies, which have proven very popular in the past.

Irrespective of finishing position, every swimmer will receive a T-shirt, refreshments donated by Gatorade and Le Bleu and pizza.

Participants will be required to wear swim-caps for safety reasons. The swim caps will be provided free upon registration.

Registration for the Foster’s Food Fair 800m Sea Swim will be held in the Governor’s Beach parking area prior to the race, from 3-3.45pm.

Entry fees for CIASA Members are CI$5 for children and CI$10 for adults, while non-members will pay CI$10 for children and CI$15 for adults.

For more information, visit www.caymanswimming.com or email [email protected].

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