Cayman National sprint meet will make opening splash

The Cayman National Fall Sprint Meet plans to open the 2014-2015 competitive age group season with a splash. 

Stingray Swim Club of Grand Cayman is staging the event at the Lions Aquatic Centre on Oct. 18 and swimmers from the Stingray club, Camana Bay Aquatic Club and Team Treasure Island competing in a number of sprint distance events and relays. 

Cayman National – a long-time supporter of the Stingray club – is sponsoring the first sprint meet of the season. Marketing manager Shari Whittaker explains why Cayman National has a successful, long-standing partnership with local swimming: “Cayman National has deep roots in our community, and Stingray – a not-for-profit swim club – works hard to keep swimming available to everyone in our community. “Stingray’s partnerships with both the government Learn to Swim program and with the Lions Club; plus the personal values and disciplines, which swimming teaches our youth, make them a community program we are happy to be associated with and we wish all swimmers the best of luck on Saturday.” 

Stingray’s head coach Andy Copley has been working with local swimmers over the last year, accompanying technical director Bailey Weathers to Scotland for this past summer’s Commonwealth Games. Copley, who has seen numerous swimmers break personal and national records, is looking forward to the sprint meet.  

“We have been back in training for about two months now,” Copley said. “We have performed well in the Cayman Islands Amateur Swimming Association’s last two sea swims and now we are ready to get back on the blocks and compete in the pool as well.” 

“Cayman National is a wonderful supporter of swimming,” said Stingray club president Amanda Roberts. “The Cayman National meet is going to be fast and exciting and we invite everyone to come to the Lions Pool to support all our young swimmers.” 

The next event on the Stingray Swim Club Calendar is the Mike Lockwood Memorial Pirates Week Meet, which offers a full array of events – sprint, middle and long distances.  


Andy Copley and Bailey Weathers play a big role on the local scene. – PHOTO: MATTHEW YATES