Olympic champ here to inspire

The swimming community comes together for its main fundraising events this weekend and an Olympic champion is helping to boost coffers.  

It started on Thursday with Ruta Meilutyt, an Olympic gold medal winner and world record holder, and her coach Jon Rudd, giving a clinic. 

KPMG is the main sponsor of the Splash, Dash and Dine events. Meilutyt was the talk of the London Games when she won the 100 meters breaststroke gold at in 2012, aged only 15. 

It caused a stir as she proved her pedigree by winning gold and silver at the world championships last year.  

Her gold came in the 50 meters breaststroke in which she set a world record and silver was in the 100m breaststroke. 

“We are extremely pleased that Ruta and Jon are our guests for the 2014 Splash, Dash and Dine fundraiser,” said the Cayman Islands Amateur Swimming Association president, Peter MacKay. 

“This event is CIASA’s main fundraiser and so, although still in the process of confirming additional Olympic and international swimmers for the event, we wanted to give everyone information about what promises to be an extraordinary event with an equally extraordinary young lady.” 

Other guests are Cayman’s Olympic swimmer, Brett Fraser, U.S. Olympic coach Neil Walker and U.S. High Performance Coach Dave Kelsheimer. 

Many aspiring swimming champs are involved in all the activities including Zachary Moore and siblings Eddie and Audrey Weber.  

Splash, Dash and Dine held age group clinics for the local swim community on Thursday. Another clinic is on Friday before the dinner with Olympians and an auction on Friday at 7 p.m. at The Grand Cayman Marriott, Seven Mile Beach. 

There are also two sea swims of 200m and 400m distance and the swimming association annual awards ceremony and BBQ at Royal Palms, Seven Mile Beach on Saturday Jan. 11. 

“Open water swimming, a sport which CIASA and Frank Flowers have nurtured over the years, is emerging as one of the Cayman Islands’ most important sports,” said Hellen Chemeli of KPMG. 

“KPMG is committed to giving back to the local community and is proud to support our young, swimmers, who did exceptionally well at the CARIFTA competition and the British, Canadian and Irish Nationals earlier this year.” 

Funds raised at the dinner will go towards all of the swimming association’s programs, including learn to swim, coaches clinics and international swim meets such as CARIFTA, Youth Olympics, Island Games, the Commonwealth Games and the masters competitions. 

Other guests are Cayman’s Olympic swimmer, Brett Fraser, U.S. Olympic coach Neil Walker and U.S. High Performance Coach Dave Kelsheimer. 

Jon & Ruta dinner Jan 2013 08-DB

Ruta Meilutyt and her coach Jon Rudd are enjoying Grand Cayman.
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