Ribbins meet is tune up

Swimming action is on again this week with the Pete Ribbins Memorial Consolidated Water Meet stretching over four days until Sunday.

It is at the Lions Aquatic Centre, organised by the Stingray Swim Club which started on Wednesday and goes and is for swimmers aged 11-17 who are focusing on qualifying for the Cayman Islands 2012 CARIFTA team.

This meet includes traditional short sprints to the longer 400 metres, 200m and 100m events and is the final qualifying meet for attaining CARIFTA times. Next week the Cayman Islands team will be selected and final training for CARIFTA – in the Bahamas from April 12-15 – will begin.

Consolidated Water’s Gregory S. McTaggart made a poignant tribute to the late Ribbins, a colleague and an athlete who understood that swimming could make a meaningful difference to Cayman’s youth. McTaggart said: “Consolidated Water’s commitment to swimming in the Cayman Islands was started many years ago by Pete Ribbins, himself a former Ironman triathlete.

“Pete understood the value of physical activities, participation in organised sports and competition to the proper development of young people. These things helping to instil the principles of dedication, perseverance, fair play and accomplishment.

“It seemed natural for a water company to champion swimming and Consolidated Water is proud to continue Pete’s legacy in supporting the Stingray Swim Club and its mission to help develop young bodies and minds into outstanding young people.”

Brenda McGrath, President of Stingray Swim Club, said: “The club proudly continues Pete Ribbins’ legacy of sporting achievements and is grateful, once again, to Consolidated Water for their sponsorship. This meet provides swimmers with the opportunity to test themselves in the longer distance events which are not part of the faster sprint meets. For the younger swimmers it can be a daunting but challenging experience to embark on a 100m race for the first time. And for the senior swimmers it is the opportunity to turn months and sometimes years of training in to the fulfilment of a dream, to reach a standard worthy of gaining entry into CARIFTA, the Caribbean region’s most prestigious swimming competition,”

A great turn out of over 140 swimmers from Stingray, Camana Bay Aquatic Club and TI Team (AAP Coaching) signed up. Members of the public who have never attended a swim meet are encouraged to make time to visit the Lions Aquatic Centre to encourage the kids. Admission is free. On Friday competition time is 5.30-8.30pm and Satuday it is from 8.30am-12.30pm and Sunday it is from 9am-12noon.

For more information contact Kathy Jackson on [email protected]