A spooky trick or treat for Camana Bay splashers

With ghost and goblin season just around the corner, it’s time to get into the swim of things by taking part in the Spooky Splash Swim Meet hosted by the Camana Bay Aquatic Club.

“It’s open to everyone,” says coach Katie Lambert. “We want to encourage more young swimmers to come out and participate in local meets.”

The CBAC Spooky Splash Meet is set for Saturday 29 October at the Camana Bay pool. Warm-up will start at 7.30am and the meet starts at 8.30am. It is the first swim meet hosted by the competitive swim club and it will be dressed around a Halloween theme, with a few surprises in store for all participants.

“It will be a lot of fun,” says Lambert. “This meet is for swimmers of all abilities who are looking for the challenge of racing other swimmers.”

The CBAC Spooky Splash Meet will feature seven race events in the 10 and under and open categories. There will also be four

25-metre races in the six and under age group. Non-Camana Bay Aquatic Club members pay a registration fee of $10 and all swimmers pay a fee of $2 per event.

Lambert says this meet allows swimmers to build skills that they have been working on and improve their times. Many swimmers who are involved in the sport here are trying to achieve qualifying times for overseas meets and this provides a great opportunity to do that. It also gives others in the community an opportunity to try competitive swimming. “We want swimmers to come out and try a race, and see what the sport has to offer.”

Launched in December 2010, the Camana Bay Aquatic Club started with around 18 team members and now has 148 swimmers, spanning from ages 5 to 18. The club is governed by the Cayman Islands Amateur Swimming Association.

Lambert, who has been at helm of the club since its inception, says the growing success of the Camana Bay Aquatic Club is due to the strong team atmosphere and the many benefits of competitive swimming, epitomised by the success of the Fraser brothers at the Pan American Games.

“Being involved with a swim team teaches swimmers the values of teamwork and individual goal setting and you’re learning a life skill. Swimming is a sport for people of all ages, and we hope that our swimmers fall in love with it and swim for life. Our goal at the Camana Bay Aquatic Club is to provide a positive atmosphere where swimmers can reach their full potential with the support of a team behind them.”

To register for the Spooky Splash Swim Meet, and for more information, email Coach Katie Lambert at: [email protected]

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