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Swimmers are especially busy at this time of year and they need a big surge of energy to get through the next few weeks. 

After the Flowers Sea Swim on Saturday and then the 5k and 10k on Monday comes another meet this week. 

The 2013 Caledonian Global Classic Swim Meet is hosted by the Stingray Swim Club of Grand Cayman at the Lions Aquatic Centre this week. It starts on Thursday and finishes on Sunday. 

Closing out a highly successful season and following on from the fast paced, record breaking Lions Sprint Meet, swimmers from Cayman’s competitive age group swim clubs will be vying to post personal bests, break records and put their rivals on notice of what is to come next year.  

The mixed schedule of events means there is something for every swimmer – the sprinters, middle distance and long distance swimmers. 

The four-day schedule means there are plenty of opportunities for swimming fans to come out to cheer on the swimmers and witness first-hand Cayman’s fast swimming 

In addition to the full range of age group competition, Masters swimming – which has seen considerable growth over the past year – will also have events in the line-up. 

Bernard McGrath is managing director of Caledonian Global and a long-time supporter of swimming commented on the sponsorship. He said: “Year after year Caledonian supports this event because swimming is not only a great sport, but also a critical life skill.  

“Stingray Swim Club works closely with the swimming association and the Cayman Islands Government to ensure that swimming is affordable for all.  

“It gives our organisation a great sense of pride to continue our partnership with Stingray and to provide our young swimmers with the opportunity to once again show Cayman their skill, speed and technique in the pool.” 

Everyone is encouraged to support the swimmers. Swimming action starts at the Lions Aquatic Centre at 6pm on Thursday 20 June, 5.30pm on Friday and 8.30am on Saturday and Sunday and entry is free. 

Heading into the summer, Stingray’s action will slow down a little – however there will still be a great deal of activity at the Lions Aquatic Centre with a Stingray camp and training taking place throughout the summer. 

Overseas competitive action over the summer will see Stingray swimmers travelling to a variety of countries. 

On 28 June a team travels to Florida to take part in the Sarasota Sharks Open, followed by a 50m pool training camp and then the St Petersburg Aquatics’ Long Course Invitational in Florida from 5 to 7 July.  

From 13 to 19 July it’s the Island Games in Bermuda and Cayman athletes will include Stingray members Geoffrey Butler, Lara Butler and Alex McCallum and Stingray founding and life time members Shaune and Brett Fraser. 

From 18 to 21 July the Irish Age Group Nationals will see CARIFTA Finalist Ella Plunkett competing. From early August there are Stingray Swim Camps. 

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The Lions Pool will see four days of competition from Thursday. – PHOTO: RON SHILLINGFORD
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