Governor backs Flowers and sports

Based
on the tenure of the last Governor, Britain’s top leader in Cayman can be quite
a mercurial character. At least the local sports scene continues to enjoy his
support.

Like
former Governor Stuart Jack, Governor Duncan Taylor has expressed his support
of sports in Cayman. This month he took part in the 18th annual Flowers Sea
Swim, attended the 22nd annual Special Olympics of the Cayman Islands National
Games and rubbed shoulders with locals at Cayman’s watering holes for World Cup
matches.

Taylor,
51, held his own at the Flowers event. He came 74th overall in a time of 26.31,
a second ahead of legendary local swimmer Victor Thompson and 31 seconds behind
cyclist Pam Travers. Taylor was
among some 770 swimmers that swam one mile from Tiki Beach to the Ritz-Carlton
resort.

He
was quite pleased with his performance.

“There
was a good number of entrants with some very impressive achievements being done
at the same time. For people like me and my wife there is great incentive to
come out and compete. We were happy to come out, get wet and go at our own
pace.”

His
wife Marie-Beatrice Taylor came in near the bottom at number 653. However the
Governor remarked in passing that it was an achievement she even took part
after expressing doubts about her participation initially. Interestingly
Governor Taylor stated he was aware of the swim before assuming his post in
Cayman earlier this year. Like visiting athletes past and present, Governor
Taylor says the Flowers swim is one of the most recognisable aspects of Cayman.

“The
Flowers event puts Cayman on the map with positive publicity for these Islands.
Open water swimming is one of the fastest growing sports out there.

The
Olympic 10K raised the profile of it two years ago. Cayman is one of the most
beautiful spots in the world for a swim. It’s a very good community event and
very positive publicity all the way round.”

Like
the other finishers of the swim, Governor Taylor and his wife received a medal
and a goodie bag. One of the more interesting topics he brought up was the
benefits of exercise and sports. He states that he supports people being active
and taking control of their lives.

“I’m
always supportive of people getting off their backsides. The water here is very
calm and beautiful so there’s no excuse not to get out and enjoy a swim. I
think you enjoy life when you’re fit.

“I’m
a big fan of competition and getting exercise. In Cayman with such great
weather I say there’s no excuse at all to get out and do some kind of exercise,
especially swimming with Seven Mile Beach as a backdrop.”

Predecessor
Stuart Jack supported local football through the annual FC International summer
football camp and stated he was big on rugby in school.

Governor Taylor is admittedly
a football fan as well and was pleased that his mother country England advanced
to the World Cup round of 16 last week saying in passing that it was good to
see their team chemistry on display.

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Over 770 swimmers took part.
Photo: Matthew Yates