Lockwood plots swimmers’ course

Michael Lockwood is the new president of local swimming. 

The Cayman Islands Amateur Swimming Association recently held its annual general meeting and elected a new board of directors. A number of people returned while the immediate past president, Peter MacKay, and long-time director Jim Fraser stepped down. The 2014 board is: president Michael Lockwood, vice president Ian Lambert, treasurer Adrien Royston, secretary Joanne Barnes and directors Frankie Flowers, Brenda McGrath, Christine Maltman, Ed Weber and Sandy Hew. Lockwood said swimming is coming off an upswing. 

“Last year, Cayman swimming experienced a continued surge in enthusiasm and support, the introduction of new programs, the inaugural CIASA National Championships and the first CIASA Awards barbecue and presentation,” Lockwood said. “While I look forward to the coming year with CIASA, I must pause to acknowledge the dedication and commitment which both Peter and Jim have given to Cayman swimming.” 

He said that MacKay’s “passion and commitment for the sport saw him offer himself up for election again two years ago – and in those two years he has been instrumental in creating a framework and structure for our technical director to operate in.” 

He added, “There are no words which can adequately describe the insights, guidance and sheer hard work which Jim has given to Cayman swimming. After serving for 16 years, Cayman swimming will surely miss his valuable contributions but we know we can continue to count on his support in the years to come.  

“Jim has been involved with age group competitive swimming: he is one of Stingray Swim Club’s founding members and was president of the club from 1997-2001 and has been the cornerstone of CIASA’s sea swims, setting them up for the last 14 years.”  

Fraser’s three sons took part in sports, and more specifically in swimming (Shaune and Brett, who are close in age, and then Kyle). 

Fraser’s parting advice to the members of the swim clubs present at the AGM was to remember that clubs should be “coach led and parents supported.”  

MacKay started to get involved in CIASA the first year that his son Andrew went to CARIFTA in 1997. He served as treasurer for six years, was president for three years from 2006-2009 and then again from 2012-2104. 

He traveled to FINA World Congress and regional meetings, giving Cayman a voice at swimming’s highest levels and supported the growth of Cayman swimming locally and internationally.  

A great supporter of his son as Cayman’s first swimming Olympian, MacKay wants to see more qualifiers in the coming years and will continue to lead the 50 meter pool committee. 

Next on the Cayman swimming calendar is the 2014 CARIFTA championships on April 22-26 in Aruba, the 22nd Annual Flowers One Mile Sea Swim on June 14 in Cayman, the Caribbean Islands Swimming Championships on July 1-7 in Barbados, the XX Commonwealth Games from July 23 to August 3 in Scotland, the Nanjing Youth Olympic Games on August 16-28 in China and the 22nd Central American and Caribbean Games on November 15-30 in Veracruz, Mexico.