Cayman Islands Amateur Swimming Association referee Adam Roberts has been selected to officiate as a referee in the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games later this month.
The Games run July 14-18 and serve as a qualifying competition for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
“I am thrilled and still a little in shock at this news,” Roberts said. “It is a huge honor and a massive tribute to Cayman’s officiating programme and our efforts at training over many years.
“I hope this will prove to be a fillip and encouragement to all our officials. I am hugely grateful to the Cayman Islands Government for giving me time off to go and to all the trainers over the years, especially Steven Goldman and Errol Clarke who have always been so encouraging; and to my wife who not only organizes Cayman training of officials but has always supported me 100 percent.”
Roberts previously officiated in swimming at the Pan American Games held in Guadalajara, Mexico in 2011 as inspector of turns and judge of stroke.
CIASA President Michael Lockwood said, “Over the years, Adam has contributed a significant number of hours to the development of professional and qualified swimming officials locally, regionally and internationally.
“This has proved pivotal to the development of our swimmers as they are able to compete, here at home, in fully officiated and sanctioned meets – gaining invaluable experience so that they know what to expect when they compete overseas. We thank him for his contributions to swimming and look forward to seeing him on deck in Toronto.”
Cayman has a team of 12 swimmers representing the Cayman Islands at the Island Games in Jersey this week, where Cayman official Tom McCallum is a referee and Cayman swimmers will also be at upcoming international competitions: Pan American Games; FINA World Championships in Russia; and the Youth Commonwealth Games in Samoa.