Foster’s swim set to grow

The Foster’s Food Fair Swim last week celebrated 25 years of the event and fittingly a record number of just under 200 turned out.

The 800 metres swim from Governor’s Beach to Public Beach was won by Seiji Groome again but he was tailed all the way by the ever improving Lara Butler.

The Foster family came out in force for the special occasion and six of them made the effort to swim; Woody, William, Chi Chi, Harrison, Shane and Taylor.

Bill McFarland is the president of the Cayman Islands Amateur Swimming Association. He said: ‘Seiji wins again, but Lara was right on his tail. It was really cool seeing all three generations of the Foster family out in the water participating and almost 200 swimmers in the water… amazing.

‘I have been thinking about why we had such a great turn-out. At the time I was a bit overwhelmed with the numbers.

‘Obviously the sport of open water swimming is growing in popularity – largely because of the outstanding swim conditions here in Cayman coupled with well organized events.

‘I think the key to this growth in popularity of the sport is the Flowers One Mile Sea Swim in June, which serves to introduce a number of people to the sport. That carries over to our regular events.

‘We predict even greater growth due to the efforts of Kate Alexander, who is working to increase awareness of open water swimming in the Cayman Islands around the world, specifically in the United States.

‘We are hoping that we will be able to increase tourism by drawing swimmers down to enjoy our events from overseas. This initiative is the brain child of Frank Flowers.’