Some of the fastest swimmers in the world will descend on Cayman this weekend for the annual Flowers Sea Swim.
Cayman’s own Olympic brothers Shaune and Brett Fraser will vie against the likes of Olympic champion and world record holders Ryan Lochte, Ian Crocker and Neil Walker.
Anthony Nesty, a gold medallist for Suriname in 1988 is also competing and Sydney Olympian Rada Owen will also be there. So too Dave Kelsheimer who is coming all the way from Australia with a big team to take to grab some of the big prizes on offer.
It was won last year by local teenager Joel Rombough.
As the exclusive media sponsor, dms Broadcasting stations 96.5 CAYROCK, HOT 104.1, 106.1 KISS FM and X 107.1 will once again team up for the 17th Annual Flowers Sea Swim on Saturday.
Each station will be set up at quarter mile marks along the mile and will broadcast live as the race unfolds.
Racing along Seven Mile Beach, the world-renowned one mile open-water swim annually hosts over 600 local and international competitors.
The race will kick off at Gecko Bar and Grill or Royal Palms with a finishing line at The Ritz-Carlton.
Competitors of all ages and skill levels are encouraged to participate and check in for the swim is between 1 to 1:45 PM.
With over US$100,000 in cash and prizes to be coveted, the prize-giving ceremony will be hosted directly afterwards at The Ritz-Carlton.
‘This sea swim continues to be one of the biggest sporting events in Cayman and we are pumped to be involved again. The sense of camaraderie and excitement is palpable and we very much look forward to being in the mix of the energy again,’ said Phil Vinciullo, dms Broadcasting’s network promotions and marketing manager.
‘The dms company as a whole is keen to support community events, especially sporting events which encourage an active and healthy lifestyle for Cayman’s community. As well as out to cheer and demonstrate support on the sidelines, several of our employees will also be participating in the race.’
Prizes include airline flights to Australia, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Toronto and the United Kingdom, Digicel BlackBerry and cellular phones, Red Sail Sports gift certificates and Discovery Cove certificates as well as a selection of other prizes and gift vouchers.
This year the participant who breaks the World Open Water Record will be awarded $25,000 with an additional $5,000 for breaking the course record.
Vinciullo added: ‘As if the fun of the day is not incentive enough, the probability of walking away with a prize is high – the stakes are high as there is over $100,000 in total to be given away. 1 in 25 swimmers are guaranteed to win a Cayman Airways flight ticket. Make sure to pre-register to be eligible to win.’
Leading up to the swim all four stations will host on-air interviews with Dara Flowers-Butler during their breakfast shows to inform the local community about the event and encourage participation.
She said: ‘I am proud that this has become such a highlight of the local sporting calendar – it promotes healthy living and guarantees a fun day for all! Whether you are a recreational or competitive swimmer, you can still have fun – it’s about getting out there and participating. Irrelevant of where you place, first or last – everyone is eligible to win from the fantastic prizes up for grabs!’
All proceeds raised this year will benefit the Sunrise Adult Training Centre. It is a government-run, non-profit institution dedicated to providing skills training and support services for adults with disabilities.
The training includes life skills courses, prevocational training and computer-assisted learning. SATC promotes public acceptance and advocates for the rights of adults with disabilities as contributing members of society. SATC also helps identify supervised job placements and has successfully placed scores of its graduates into jobs.
. Entry is $25 and competitors must pre- register before the event online at www.flowersseaswim.com or at the Flowers Block offices, located on Seymour Drive, phone 949-5299.