CARIFTA in sight for Stingrays

Island Heritage has offered its support by sponsoring the Island Heritage Sprint Plus swimming meet this weekend at the Lions Aquatic Centre.

The Sprint Plus meet is a new format introduced by Stingray Swim Club head coach Andy Copley and Cayman Islands Amateur Swimming Association technical director Ian Armiger.

The two-day format allows swimmers to compete in the usual sprint meet events which are short, fast and furious over 50 metres but also, the extended time allows for a limited number of the longer 100 metre and 200 metre sprints.

This meet is the first of three leading up to CARIFTA 2013. The next is the Walter Rodgers Meet in Jamaica in a couple of weeks and Consolidated Water CARIFTA Trials at the end of February, where swimmers who are old enough may try to qualify for CARIFTA.

Monique Bush of Island Heritage said, “We are delighted to participate in this year’s Sprint Plus meet hosted by Stingray Swim Club. We have seen swimming grow exponentially in the last couple of years and when the opportunity to support Stingray and to be a part of this important training build up to CARIFTA presented itself we simply had to say ‘yes’.

“The discipline and commitment which these young swimmers display day after day, week in and week out, all year long is to be commended,” she added. “We have seen what can be achieved, with the recent successes of Shaune and Brett Fraser in the London 2012 Olympics and now the next generation of Caymanian Olympians are getting ready to make their move, too.”

Stingray president Brenda McGrath said, “We are looking forward to the sprint meet and encourage friends and family, as well as anyone who enjoys seeing our youth involved in positive activities, to come to the Lions Aquatic Centre this weekend. You can volunteer or just support the athletes as they compete.”

For more information, e-mail [email protected] or Kathy Jackson at [email protected]

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