There is a treat for anyone interested in swimming because three of the world’s most accomplished swimmers are in Grand Cayman this weekend.
It is a golden opportunity to swim with Olympians off Seven Mile Beach when Great Britain Olympic duo Liam Tancock and Caitlin McClatchey and Conor Dwyer of the USA compete with allcomers on Saturday 12 January.
Not only can the general public swim with these athletes, who hold countless records in world, Olympic, Commonwealth and Pan Am records between them but there is also a photo opportunity with the trio at a sumptuous brunch at The Marriott Grand Cayman Beach Resort on Sunday where they will be the guests of honour.
Cayman’s Olympic pair Shaune and Brett Fraser, based in Florida, were unable to schedule in this event.
The Cayman Islands Amateur Swimming Association is using this phenomenal opportunity to raise funds for the many swim programmes and initiatives which it supports; from the popular sea swims, to developing a national swimming programme for all ages and abilities and from age group competition, including CARIFTA to strengthening the Cayman Islands Government’s Learn to Swim Programme.
“This is an amazing opportunity,” said swimming association president Peter MacKay. “The local swim clubs and schools are delighted to have this opportunity for their members and students to take part in the, already sold out, clinics.
“And then they will also be taking part in the sea swims on Saturday and attending the Brunch and Silent Auction on Sunday.
“This opportunity came to us just before Christmas and a number of volunteers have given up countless hours in the past three weeks to make it a reality.
“The community has come together with Care Pharmacy stepping up to sponsor the sea swims, Subway extending its existing sponsorship to support these extra sea swims and the Grand Caymanian who will be hosting the Olympians.
“This truly is a case of ‘it takes a village to raise a swimmer’ and we have 300 tickets for the Brunch so everyone should get their ticket now.”
“But the support can’t stop. Now we need everyone to come out on Saturday for the sea swims – there are 200 metres or 400m options – with registration taking place at Governor’s Beach at 2pm with fees as astoundingly low as $10 for CIASA Members and $15 non-members.”
The registration can be downloaded from www.caymanactive.com or the CIASA website at www.ciasa.ky and payment made upon registration at the beach.
Due to the overwhelming demand for tickets, the Brunch has been moved to a larger space and now everyone can come. Tickets are $25 for children 5-12 (under 5 free) and $75 for adults.
Every dollar raised will go to CIASA’s Swim Programmes – supporting the youth, promoting a healthy lifestyle and swimming towards a community where every child can swim by the age of 10.
There are two clinics. On Thursday it is for 12 and Over at Camana Bay Aquatic Centre, 4.30-6pm and the Friday clinic is for 11 and Under at the Lions Pool, 4-5.30pm. They are both free.