The Flowers One Mile Sea Swim is approaching and as always the world’s richest open water swim will have plenty of Olympians and world beaters vying for the big prizes.
It starts from the Ritz-Carlton and finishes at Royal Palms on Saturday, June 14, and the 22nd staging is guaranteed to attract the top names again because an extra prize for a world record is on offer.
Dara Flowers-Burke is the principal organizer with her father Frank. Between them, they have built this event up to attract 900 entrants, making it one of the world’s biggest, as well as most popular open water events.
Cayman’s Olympians Shaune and Brett Fraser have confirmed they will swim it, as will Heather Roffey.
Other Olympic aces entering include Peter Vanderkaay, Ian Crocker, Davis Tarwater. Matt Targett, Jim Montgomery, Mateusz Sawrymowicz, Darren Mew, David Carry, Megan Jendrick, Brooke Bennett, Christine Marie Magnuson, Keri-Anne Payne and Kristina Kowal, who have all excelled at the highest level.
Mew is best known of the elite swimmers to locals as he is a coach here. He is a two-time Olympian for Great Britain who had an 18 year international career.
A breaststroke specialist, he swam in two Olympic finals and has won two world bronze medals, Commonwealth Games silver twice and bronze twice and a European silver and six bronzes.
“Megan Jendrick and Brooke Bennett are so excited to be coming,” Flowers-Burke said. “Megan’s coach is also looking forward to having her race here. Kristy is really excited to come and visit and especially meet some of our local kids. She is a school teacher and always looks forward to meeting our Olympic hopefuls.
“Keri-Anne Payne is excited about visiting Cayman for the first time and Denny Ryther is looking forward to overseeing the races and making sure everything runs smoothly and continuing to establish Cayman as a world class swimming destination.”
She added that the organizers are also working towards breaking another world record but would not reveal what it is.