Soca made burners blazing hot

The Ernst & Young Here Comes Summer Burner Meet combined a traditional summer of barbeque, Batabano Soca and over 100 swimmers producing over two hours of fast and furious swimming.

There were hamburgers and hotdogs for dinner and the latest soca tunes for those taking part in Batabano the next day. The meet was hosted by the Stingray Swim Club, at the Lions Aquatic Centre and in addition to fast swimming and family fun it was also the first opportunity for those taking part in the FINA sponsored Officials Training Clinic to put their newly learned skills in to practice.

Dan Scott, Managing Partner, Ernst & Young was delighted to support the Stingray Swim Club and was particularly impressed with the family atmosphere that surrounded the swim meet.

“The Ernst & Young Here Comes Summer Burner Meet embraced the best of Cayman – our children, our weather and our culture,” he said. “It is encouraging that parents, on a Friday night, volunteered their time and supported their children in a sporting activity.

“A healthy lifestyle influences so many of our youth’s life choices and it is organisations such as Stingray Swim Club and sports such as swimming, which help them to develop commitment, self-confidence and ultimately help them to make good choices in life.

“I would also like to thank the Ernst & Young staff members who volunteered to take part in the event and be a part of our community.”

Burner meets focus on the short distances – 25m races for the U6s and U8s and 50m races for the other age groups. For some of the younger swimmers it was their first time competing and for some of the older swimmers it was the opportunity not just to be good role models, but also to demonstrate that regardless of the event – CARIFTA or a fun burner meet – they always commit 100 per cent.

And when they do – as was the case with Stingray members and national swimmers and brothers Alex and Iain McCallum, they might just finish the meet with a personal best.

“Every time you race is the opportunity to do your best,” said Alex. “It was a fun, burner meet, but we committed to each race.”

Alex’s personal best was 30.47 seconds, down from 31.32 in his 50m backstroke and Iain’s best personal best was 30.8 seconds, down from 32.4 in 50m fly. “Every time you are at the block it is the opportunity to excel,” Iain said.

Stingray Swim Club President Brenda McGrath was delighted with the turn out. “It really was a fun, family friendly event,” she said. “We had over 100 swimmers from Stingray, Camana Bay and Treasure Island Swim Club.

“The soca music which our parent volunteer Chris Jackson played, put us all in the mood for Batabano the next day and the barbeque, organised by our meet manager Albert

Anderson, with chefs Alphonso Wright and Derek Westerborg on the grill took care of dinner for our hungry swimmers, parents and supporters. There were, of course many other volunteers, without whom we could not have hosted the meet – and we thank them all.

“We were also delighted to have Cayman Islands Amateur Swimming Association President Peter Mackay on hand for the duration of the meet and we thank him for his support and interest in our club and our swimmers.”

Upcoming Stingray Swim Club events include sending a team of 14 swimmers to compete in the Sarasota Memorial Meet in Sarasota, Florida 18-20 May and then hosting the 2012 Lions Sprint Meet on 26 May.

Meet packages for the Lions Sprint Meet are now available and information can be obtained by emailing [email protected]

Meet packages for the Lions Sprint Meet are now available and information can be obtained by emailing [email protected]

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