Splash of medals expected at Island Games

The Cayman Islands swim team for the Island Games next month will be a strong one.  

The Cayman Islands Amateur Swimming Association, in conjunction with the Cayman Island Games Association, sees a return to national competition by Shaune Fraser and his brother Brett for the NatWest Island Games XVI in Jersey, which run from June 27–July 3. 

The rest of the team includes Geoffrey Butler, Lara Butler, Alex McCallum, Iain McCallum, Cole Morgan, Rory Barrett, Jonathan Key, Eddie Weber, Lauren Hew and Ella Plunkett. 

Bailey Weathers, CIASA’s technical director, said: “This has been already been an exciting season for so many Cayman Islands swimmers. We have seen an incredible amount of improvement and success and we are expecting more great swims as well at the Island Games.” 

The swimming association thanked the Cayman Islands government and Maples for their support every year which has helped make the position of technical director possible, a position which is largely credited with the recent upsurge in swimming in Cayman, including learn-to-swim and competitive swimming.  

CIASA also thanked Davenport Development, a new sponsor. 

While athletes’ families contribute to the cost of the trip, CIASA provides much of the funding for this trip, from funds raised at the recent Dine and Splash with Olympians, raffle ticket sales and the inaugural CIASA golf tournament held in February.  

Michael Lockwood, CIASA president, a competitive swimmer in his youth and now a masters swimmer, was delighted with the announcement of the team.  

“Following on from our improved performance at CARIFTA earlier this year, the CIASA board of directors was pleased to see an increased number of swimmers qualify for the Island Games this year,” he said.  

“The Island Games will provide our swimmers with the opportunity to race against swimmers outside of the Caribbean region and to test the boundaries of their hard work.” 

Lauren Hew is one of the strongest swimmers on the team.