Dom’s big pool limbers up

The swimming calendar is set for another hectic schedule for Cayman’s finest. The major championships for the youngsters start in April with the CARIFTA Games in Barbados. Then in June they go to the Island Games in the Isle of Wight. That’s followed by the World Long Course Championships in Shanghai, China in July and the World Youth Championships in Lima, Peru the following month. In September it’s the Youth Commonwealth Games in the Isle of Man and in October it’s the Pan Am Games in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Dominic Ross, head coach of the swimming programme, said: “Winter training has been going well and we expect to have a strong and focused team throughout the year. A number of new faces will likely appear on the 2011 CARIFTA Team and we are excited about their development and bright futures.

“Isabella Tognazzo, Catriona Macrae, Ashley Theaker and the slightly older Alex McCallum have made great advances recently and given their training are definitely in a position to surprise a few people, themselves included.

“CARIFTA will, as always, be interesting. As an event, it has progressed significantly over the past few year and while not in a position at this point to challenge amongst the top teams, we do have a number of swimmers who are strong enough and work hard enough to do extremely well on an individual level.”