Copley praises all for plunging through tough conditions

The 2014 Caledonian Global Swim Meet, hosted by the Stingray Swim Club of Grand Cayman at the Lions Aquatic Centre last weekend, was a battle against the elements as well as rival swimmers.

Friday night’s races went off without a hitch, despite the day’s earlier deluge of rain. However, the start of swimming was delayed on Saturday due to lightning and swimming on Sunday started, was postponed and then resumed again at 2 p.m.

Despite the rain, the meet was well attended with swimmers from the host club, Camana Bay Aquatic Club and Treasure Island. Special Olympic swimmers joined in and independent swimmers from Triple C School, the Brac Barracudas and Swim N’ Trim and it also featured masters events. Braving the bad weather, Minister of Sports Osbourne Bodden attended the event for a while.

Stingray’s head coach Andy Copley was delighted with overall performances. “All the kids were great,” he said. “Weather conditions were a little disruptive to their focus but at the end of the day, there can always be circumstances which are out of a swimmer’s control when they step on the blocks.

“The weather provided them with the opportunity to develop focus and concentration and many swimmers had excellent swims.”

High Points Winners: Girls: 6 & U, Emily Palmer (TTI); 7-8, Veandra Robinson (BRAC); 9-10, Stephanie Royston (CBAC); 11-12, Alison Jackson (SSC); 13 – 14, Samantha Bailey (SSC) and 15 & Over, Catriona MacRae (SSC).

Boys: 6 & U, Phinn Ellison (CBAC); 7-8, Connor McDonald (CBAC); 9-10, Corey Westerborg (SSC) – also recognized was Finn Bishop (CBAC); 11-12, Jake Bailey (SSC); 13-14, Jonathan Key (SSC) and 15 & Over, Brandon Williams (SSC).

Stingray President Amanda Roberts thanked the volunteers, parents and swimmers. “It was certainly very, very wet on deck this past weekend,” she said.

“Our trusty band of meet personnel, who are all volunteers, held their positions on deck even as the weather did its worst. The technical officials and timers bravely continued to record and judge the competition despite being soaked through and struggling with soggy papers.

“Our supporters and swimmers were fabulous too and we thank our sponsor Caledonian and trust that the success of our meet this past weekend is proof positive of how incredibly devoted the Cayman Swimming family is.”

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