Foster’s swim shows how diverse we are

The Foster’s Food Fair 800 metre on
Saturday was another typical international affair.

Nationals from over 110 countries
reside in Cayman and turn out for the popular beach swims. The 26th Annual
Foster’s Food Fair 800m Sea Swim included newcomers from South Africa and India
as well as the usual suspects from Zimbabwe, Ireland, England, Italy, Scotland,
Canada, South Africa, the US and other countries. In spite of threatening
weather, 148 swimmers participated, including Anne Jackson who flew in from
Cayman Brac.

Cayman locals Seiji Groome and Lara
Butler, who participated in the Youth Olympics in Singapore last month, were
the fastest male and female swimmers, repeating last year’s performance. Groome
was first and Butler fourth overall.

Family swimming also made a good
show at the event. Geoffrey Butler, Lara’s brother, placed  second overall. Julian, Ameila, Ben and
Glenna Black all swam together finishing within 25 seconds of each other.
Likewise, mum and daughter team Monica and Sofia Watler crossed the line
together with older sister Isabella crossing nearly a minute ahead.

Demonstrating their very real
commitment to the swimming community, Foster family members James, Taylor,
Shane, and Chi-Chi competed, with Chi-Chi taking first in her age group. Woody
assisted with awards.

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