Swimming in the Cayman Islands is riding a crest of a wave after the accomplishments of the Fraser brothers, Shaune and Brett, at the London Olympics and youngsters inspired by the duo will get an added boost because there is a new technical director.
Ian Armiger is the Cayman Islands’ new technical director for swimming. He recently received the Loughborough University Medal in recognition of his excellence there.
Armiger, formerly the director of swimming at Loughborough University in the United Kingdom, left his post after the London Games and will arrive in Grand Cayman to take up his full-time position on Friday.
The technical director of swimming is a new position in the Cayman Islands, only made possible by support from the Cayman Islands Government’s Ministry of Sports and leading local law firm Maples and Calder. Top local swimmers like Geoffrey and Simon Butler,l Alex and Iain McCallum, Andrew Smilley, Danielle Boothe and Coral Tomascik will be inspired by Armiger.
With nearly 40 years’ experience as a professional swimming coach, Armiger is fully committed to helping swimmers achieve their dreams. Under his guidance he created one of the finest swim teams, successfully dominating the British Universities Championships and winning many national and international honours.
Cayman Islands Amateur Swimming Association president Peter Mackay said: “Ian Armiger’s legacy at Loughborough will live on even as he begins developing the Cayman Islands Swimming Programmes in the same way.
“With his extensive experience, input and guidance we look forward to seeing the growth of swimming in our schools, our competitive programmes and our open water swims. We look forward to welcoming Ian to Cayman and to rolling up our sleeves and working alongside him so that the sport can continue on the upward trajectory which Shaune and Brett Fraser’s recent success in London has set for us.”