Maples splash the cash

Maples and Calder is the title sponsor for the Cayman National Development Programme, confirmed by the Cayman Islands Amateur Swimming Association’s President Tom McCallum.

With the arrival of the new Technical Director for Swimming, Ian Armiger, Cayman Swimming is poised to build on the explosive growth the sport has seen in the last year and to once again become a swimming powerhouse in the region.

Maples and Calder join the Cayman Islands Government in their investment in Cayman Swimming. Minister of Sports Mark Scotland recently said about Armiger’s decision to take up the new technical director post: “We are delighted that someone who is internationally renowned and recognised in swimming is our new technical director for swimming.

“With the recent successes of Shaune and Brett Fraser bringing swimming to the forefront of sporting successes in Cayman we look forward to seeing coach Armiger’s innovation and dedication elevating both the sport domestically and the success of Cayman swimming internationally. CIASA has worked closely with the Ministry to achieve this milestone hiring and we look forward to a continued, close working relationship with CIASA in the coming year.”

“Maples has a history of supporting swimming and youth oriented initiatives,” said Paul Lumsden, Maples and Calder Partner. “This sponsorship represents an exciting development and we look forward to seeing Ian make his trademark ‘fast swimming’ a part of Cayman Swimming’s mantra.”

In Cayman for a week, with three of the swimmers he has coached to positions on the UK Olympic team, Armiger has been spending time on the pool deck at the Lions Aquatic Centre, meeting with representatives of the swimming association, Camana Bay Aquatic Club and Stingray Swim Club.

“We are delighted to welcome Ian to Cayman,” added Dale Crowley, Maples and Calder Partner. “And we look forward to spending more time with him after the London Olympics when his primary focus will be developing a world class swim programme here.”

The visiting Olympic swimmers are Caitlin McClatchey, who qualified for the Olympics in the 200 metres freestyle, Amy Smith, who qualified for the Olympics in 50m and 100m freestyle and Joe Roebuck, who qualified for the Olympics in 200m butterfly, 200m and 400m individual medley. The three, along with coach Armiger, conducted clinics at the Lions and Camana Bay pools.