Spring was in the air and fun was in the water as the Stingray Swim Club hosted the Here Comes the Summer Burner. It was sponsored by Cayman National Bank and judging by the turnout of young participants, Cayman swimming has a growing
pool of talent. Over 120 youngsters packed the Lions Pool for fast racing and fun and it was great to see CARIFTA swimmers – representing three countries and all Stingray members – stayed on after training to help, to race and to join in the fun.
The first ‘burner’ was staged in 2005, aimed at getting swimmers into the pool after the trauma of Hurricane Ivan. The emphasis was on fun and participation and was such a success that Stingray now holds at least two a year. Named burner as the action is fast concentrating on short races, but it can also refer to the hot April sun and competitors, officials and parents were all glad of a cooling breeze. This day kickboard and noodle races, many featuring more experienced swimmers, were interspersed with the more traditional strokes.
The emergence of a new swim club, the Camana Bay Aquatic Club, has produced larger turnouts and a more competitive edge to the swimming in recent months and the day culminated in a fun relay between the two clubs with Stingray coming out as winners Meet director Derrick Westerborg said: “What a great day of swimming and fun. The sun was out and the bleachers were packed and everyone just had a great time.
“We love to see the pool packed like this and we are so grateful to CNB for helping it to happen.” CNB representative Christy Braggs witnessed the activities and had her photo taken with the swimmers. The Stingray Swim Club officials thanked CNB, the parents who packed the bleachers, the swimmers who behaved really well and the volunteers who worked so hard to make it happen and stood in the heat for many hours. There was also a huge thanks to coaches who gave up their Saturday to make this run smoothly. Since then, Stingray held a members-only Easter Egg Hunt on Palm Sunday and the Junior National Team featuring many club members were in Barbados over the Easter weekend for the CARIFTA Championships.
After that is a trip to Sarasota over the long May weekend to compete in the YMCA Sharks Memorial Meet, just before the oldest fixture on the calendar, the Lions Sprint Meet in the Lions Pool on 28 May.
Over the Fathers Day weekend, Stingray Club holds its traditional end of season home meet sponsored again by the Caledonian Group. Racing will be on 15, 17 and 19 June leaving the Saturday free for the Flowers One Mile Sea Swim.