Camana Bay continues to boost local swimming.
The Camana Bay Aquatic Club ended March on a high note with an eventful weekend that included both the final leg of its third annual Open Water Swim Series and the Cayman Islands’ first ever masters (adult) swim competition. Held on consecutive days, the events offered fun and friendly competition for swimmers of all ages and ability levels.
“Like any competitive sport, swimming can appear intimidating,” said CBAC president Jeff Wight. “From day one, we set out to change that perception by creating a welcoming and supportive community where age and experience don’t matter and everyone can feel comfortable and confident participating in competitive swimming events.”
The weekend’s activities kicked off last Saturday at Governor’s Beach, where the 2014 open water series concluded with the 800 meter Sea Swim and the always popular 200m Lollipop Dash for beginners ages 10 and under. Roughly 100 participants turned out, with 20 excited youngsters completing the Lollipop Dash, and more than 75 athletes hitting the water for the Sea Swim.
“It was nice to see returning swimmers lead the pack in both races; their hard work and dedication paying off in the end,” said CBAC assistant coach Dave Bott. “But I was just as thrilled by the large number of unfamiliar faces—curious visitors and residents alike—who signed up spontaneously and swam. The more people we can expose to the world of open-water swimming, the better!”
Back at it the very next day, CBAC hosted Cayman’s first ever masters meet at Camana Bay. Masters swimming is designed for athletes ages 18 and over of all ability levels, and 22 swimmers came out to compete, many of whom had not participated in an organized pool meet in years, if ever. But there was no lack of experience in the results as 15 swimmers achieved qualifying standards for the Fédération Internationale de Natation (FINA) World Masters Championships, which will be held in August in Montreal.
CBAC assistant coach Chris Dart, who served as meet director, said,“It’s always special to be part of a ground-breaking event. This meet set a strong foundation that we are excited to build upon in the future.”