This summer was busy for swimmers in the Cayman Islands, with competitions at multiple levels overseas – from club, to national development to senior.
In the three years since the Cayman Islands Amateur Swimming Association hired a technical director, swimming has seen a surge in popularity at the club and age group levels and this in turn is starting to produce results at a national level.
For these improvements to continue, it is critical that swimmers take part in domestic and overseas swim meets, which help them develop not just in race execution and strategy, but also in their mental approach.
At the club level there were overseas meets for Camana Bay Aquatic Club and for Stingray Swim Club. These meets are important for swimmers, providing them with a goal to work toward – and keeping the athletes training and fit throughout the summer months.
CBAC attended the Sarasota Sharks Open at the end of June; SSC attended the Georgia Tech Invitational in July; and those swimmers with meet qualifying times attended the Dolfin Summer Senior Beach Blast Championship.
CIASA assisted swimmers in the National Development Representative Team in attending a four-day camp at Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers, Florida.
This is the first time that a Development Representative Team camp has taken place, and the ten swimmers who attended, ranging from 9-15 years old all had a remarkable experience.
They had an opportunity to work with Neal Studd, a 2012 Olympic head coach who won National Coach of the Year.
Studd has been running swim camps for over a decade, instilling a winning tradition to competitive swimmers.
He has a philosophy of positive reinforcement, proper stroke technique and challenging training.
Overall, while the camp’s main focus was swimming, the camp experience provided the swimmers with an opportunity to understand what it would be like to attend university. They lived on the university campus in dorms and attended all campus activities.
One young swimmer who took part, Samantha Rowland, said, “The camp was an amazing experience and I was so grateful for having the opportunity. We had amazing coaches who were very experienced, we met a few high level swimmers and we got to get a feel for the school as we stayed on campus. Overall, the camp taught me so many new skills and gave me some amazing memories.”