Weathers breezes in

The Cayman Islands Amateur Swimming Association has finally appointed a new technical director after an extensive search.

Swimming association president Peter MacKay announced that Bailey Weathers is the association’s second technical director.

He is taking over from Ian Armiger, who returned to Loughborough University in the U.K. after a successful year here which saw Cayman swimming regaining the strength and depth for which it was known previously.

Weathers has extensive administration and coaching experience at the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I level and also has worked for years with the United States national swimming team.

“The depth of experience which Bailey is bringing to Cayman is impressive,” said MacKay. “He has worked with swimmers of all ages and abilities, including some of the best known names in the sport, such as Rowdy Gaines, Peter Vanderkaay, Allison Schmitt and Erik Vendt.

“Bailey and his wife, Susan, arrive in Cayman on Wednesday and the swimming association is holding a social on Sept. 29 so that our swim family can meet and welcome them,” MacKay said.

“I am excited to have the opportunity to work with Cayman Swimming and to continue the great work which Ian Armiger started,” Weathers said.

“In addition to the competitive age group swimming, the masters swimming and the learn to swim schools, I am really looking forward to becoming more involved in the open water swimming which, given the amazing Seven Mile Beach, must surely be among the best in the world.”

Interviews were carried out by a panel of association board members who were comprised of Jim Fraser, Michael Lockwood, Ian Lambert, Christine Maltman and Pam Abbott. MacKay acknowledged the number of hours that they put in to ensure the process was carried out efficiently and fairly.

“We are looking forward to seeing continued improvement in our swimmers and more competitive swimmers moving up through the various programs,” MacKay said.