Olympians show strokes of genius

Cayman’s swimming community was recently graced with 2012 Olympians. 

Amy Smith, Caitlin McClatchey and Joe Roebuck were in Grand Cayman over the weekend alongside future technical director of Cayman swimming Ian Armiger. All held youth clinics at the Lions Aquatic Centre and Camana Bay Aquatic Centre. 

The Brits, who will be competing in the London Olympics, all had positive reviews of their first visit here. 

“It was a great experience and nice to train outdoors for a change,” Smith, 24, said. “It’s not something we can do at home. Everyone was friendly and it was real fun.” 

“This was my first time here and I love it here,” McClatchey, 26, said. “It’s a great training location and everyone is so friendly. It’s clean, there are pools and I would like to do more here. There’s nothing more you can ask for.” 

“I love it, it’s so great,” Roebuck, 26, said. “Cayman is a fantastic place. With coach coming here, I’m looking to get back here in the future.” 

Armiger, 60, coached all of the Olympians at Loughborough University in Leicestershire, England. The born and raised Newcastle native states this trip was about making sure Cayman was a good fit. 

“This is my second time here as I first came last November,” Armiger said. “I wanted to come out and meet the people. I wanted to make sure coming here is right for me and that the fit is good. 

“I want to make a difference in Cayman swimming. Everything is impressive and everyone is very positive and supportive.” 

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Joe Roebuck showed youngsters various strokes.

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Amy Smith enjoyed training outdoors for a change. – PHOTOS: MATTHEW YATES

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Caitlin McClatchey loved it here.