Foster’s is going swimmingly

Open water swimming competition
resumes on Saturday with the 26th staging of the annual Foster’s Food Fair 800

With the return of kids to the pool
program and the arrival of many new financial services employees on the island,
the Fosters Food Fair swim routinely proves to be one of the most popular
events of the year.

Last year’s winners, Seiji Groome
and Lara Butler, will no doubt challenge the field again after their recent
success at the Youth Olympic Games in Singapore. Masters swimmers Johan Heath,
Jasper Mikkelsen and Mark Matthews (current swimming association president)
showed their mettle by placing in the top 10 overall. Andrea Kilam-Higgo was
not far behind in 12th overall. Frankie Flowers, godfather of open water
swimming, will be there as usual.

Matthews said earlier this wek: “I
am not sure yet if I will definitely swim as have not been 100 per cent lately
so will play it by ear on the day. I am also unfit. I would normally expect to
come in around 10th-15th but, not having swum for a couple of months, you could
add five to 10 places on that.

“Hopefully we will have over 150
swimmers and would be great if we could match last year’s total of over 190.”

The Foster family always come out
in numbers for this one. Matthews said: “I’m hoping that we see Chi Chi Foster
and Shane Foster out this year.”

Pre-registration is available
online at Race day registration and check-in is 3-3:45p at
Governor’s Beach with a 4pm race start time. The race finishes at Public Beach,
with refreshments, age group awards and tee-shirts. Entry fees are: CIASA members:
CI$10 children and CI$15 adults. Non-members: CI$15.00 children and CI$20

The calendar for the remainder of
the open water season is:

9 October     2-mile sea swim

23 October    22nd Annual CUC 800m

13 November            30th Pirate’s Week 5k

Cancelled  27 November       3rd

* Contact [email protected]
for further information.