Olympians were excellent value

Triple swimming celebrity graced these shores last week to help raise funds for Cayman’s excellent swim programme.

British Olympians Liam Tancock and Caitlin McClatchey and American Conor Dwyer took to the sea off world famous Seven Mile Beach this past weekend as part of the Cayman Island Amateur Swimming Association’s fundraising weekend.

Over 100 locals swam alongside them – earning bragging rights to say that they competed with Olympic athletes and Alex McCallum also earned the right to say he beat a second Olympian when he crossed the finish line six seconds ahead of a second against McClatchey.

McCallum previously beat 2012 Olympic 10K gold medallist Oussama Mellouli in the 2012 Pirates Week 5K Open Water event.

There were two swims that finished at Governor’s Beach, a 200 metres and a 400m event, which meant that swimmers from Under 8 to Over 70 could complete.

Tancock, a sprinter took on the 200m distance while McClathchey and Dwyer swam in the 400m swim.

“This was my first open water swim and it was amazing,” said Tancock. “What a bonus – to complete your first open water swim in the Cayman Islands in this amazing water.”

Tancock managed to ward off the opposition to win the 200m while Dwyer overcame pre-race nerves to win the 400m event, with McCallum coming second and McClatchey third. The three visiting Olympians were joined in the water by Cayman’s local Olympians Andrew MacKay and Darren Mew (a British Olympian who currently works in Cayman) and Heather Roffey who cheered everyone on from the beach. Andrew Smilley, the Special Olympics star, also swam.

The sea swims were the ‘dash’ part of the fundraising weekend which saw the Olympians ‘splash’ in two clinics with Cayman’s younger swimmers and ‘dine’ at a fundraising

brunch as well. Full results of the sea swim will be posted on www.ciasa.ky .