If you don’t know who Frank “Frankie” Flowers is, you either don’t drink water, swim in water, or live in the Cayman Islands surrounded by water.
He is an athlete, successful businessman, and a visionary when it comes to open water swimming competitions. His Flowers Sea Swim, which began in the early 90s with only about 60 participants, has swelled to more than 800 entries registered, with swimmers flying in from all over the world. He has hosted Olympic medallists in past years to mentor the Cayman Islands’ young swimmers, and supported Penny Palfrey in her successful bid to swim from Little Cayman to Grand Cayman in 2011.
This year, the World Open Water Swimming Association has recognised Mr. Flowers’ work, and has rewarded him with a nomination in the Performance of the Year category. According to the association’s web site “The World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year is meant to honour efforts or swims – successful or not, short or long – that (1) best embody the spirit of open water swimming, (2) are representative of the sense of adventure, tenacity and perseverance that open water swimmers are known for, and (3) have most positively influenced the world of open water swimming.”
There is a small, but rapidly growing group of people in the Cayman Islands trying to get the word out to everyone so they can vote for this deserving man. Peter MacKay, president of the Cayman Islands Amateur Swimming Association, has this to say about the nomination: “Frank Flowers is a long serving director on the CIASA board. He is a stalwart in the Cayman swimming family and the visionary behind the internationally successful Flowers Sea Swim. He is the most deserving to be nominated for – and to win – this award, and I am urging everyone to visit the site, vote, and encourage all your friends to do so as well.”
Thanks to the popularity of the Flowers Sea Swim, and Mr. Flowers’ dedication to the local community, his organisation has donated thousands of dollars to charities and the needy. His daughter, Dara Flowers-Burke, is also firmly on board.
You can only vote once per computer, so if you have multiple computers you can vote multiple times. At the time of writing this piece, Mr. Flowers had 1,784 votes and his only serious contender, Juan Ignacio Martinez Fernandez-Villamil from Spain had 2,407 votes.
To vote for Frankie Flowers, please click here.