Swimming is one of the best organised and participated sports in the Cayman Islands and next week there is a chance for aspiring champs to rub shoulders with some of the best in the business.
Olympic swimmers Liam Tancock, Caitlin McClatchey, Conor Dwyer and Brett Fraser will be in Grand Cayman thanks to the Cayman Islands Amateur Swimming Association.
Everyone will have the opportunity to meet, swim and dine with the world class athletes from 10-13 January.
Cayman Swimming is making progress on many fronts and all funds raised go to support the athletes and to continue the development in Cayman.
Age group clinics will run on Thursday 10 January and Friday 11 January at the Camana Bay Aquatic Centre.
Register and pay ($25 per swimmer) at www.caymanactive.com
There is a sea swim on 7 Mile Beach on Saturday 12 January where everyone can have their photo taken with the visiting champs.
Brunch with Olympians is on Sunday 13 January at the Marriott hotel from 11.30am-3pm. There will be raffles, door and random prizes, mini-auctions (silent and live). Tickets are $75 for adults and $25 for children 5-12 years.
Tancock is British and the fastest backstroker in the world. He is the world record holder in the 50 metres backstroke (24.04 seconds). A five time world medallist, Olympic finalist, British and Commonwealth record holder.
McClatchey is also British and one of the world’s finest freestylers. She was an Olympic finalist in 2004, 2008 and 2012 and is a double world championships medallist and Commonwealth champion. She is also the British and Commonwealth record holder.
Dwyer is from the USA and is a versatile and great relay swimmer. He won Olympic gold at the London Games and competed in the world championships two years ago.
Dwyer is the FINA World Short Course champion and Pan Am Games 2011 medallist as well as a winner of plenty of other medals.
Cayman’s own Brett Fraser is a Pan Am Games gold and record holder, Olympic semi-finalist London 2012, two time NCAA champ, four time SEC Champ and been an All American Selection 19 times.