Double splash for Carifta

The Cayman Islands Amateur Swim Association will host a double act this weekend, trying to raise funds for a national junior team that will represent the country in the CARIFTA in Aruba mid-April.

CARIFTA is the Caribbean region’s age-group swim championships.

Rough seas postponed the ‘Coaches Swim Across the Sound’ sponsored swim until Sunday 29 March, making it the morning after CIASA’s fundraising dinner dance event ‘Splish Splash Saturday Bash’ on Saturday.

‘We are so pleased to have large numbers of qualifiers for these events,’ said Peter Mackay, CIASA president. ‘The athletes do their work in the pool; we have to support them and we need help.’

The dinner and dance includes an auction and karoke session. It is CIASA’s largest annual fundraiser and will be held at the Sailing Club, this year. It is not sold out yet and needs support, said Mackay.

The always-entertaining evening features champagne, food donated by a variety of restaurants, Andrew Bacon as the master of ceremonies and hundreds of great items to win or buy.

Tickets are $65 per person and can be obtained from Maria Butler at 926-0726 or [email protected]. The even is open to all, and tables of ten can be formed

Swim coaches Dominic Ross and Jason Schmidt will however have to get up early the next morning to attempt again to swim across the North Sound, hopefully with more co-operation from the weather forecast.

Postponed three times now, they are running out of time. The CARIFTA team was named last weekend.

The hard-working coaches will swim about the same distance the senior group swims in an average day’s workout, seven miles.

But a North Sound crossing promises to be tougher than accurately-measured training session without any push-offs from the wall every 25 metres. The swimmers themselves have gone to the public, family and friends asking for sponsorship for their coaches.

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