Stingray Swim Club takes to the pool for its third annual Big Swim Swim-A-Thon on Thursday.
The club has been an active participant in Cayman’s swimming community for nearly 20 years. Stingrays train at the Lions Aquatic Centre, working closely with the Cayman Islands government swim programs.
The club has many programs. One is the relatively new high school development group, which allows swimmers who cannot commit to the competitive swimming requirements, or who want to swim but not compete. It also has the bronze and silver groups which allow younger, competitive swimmers to hone their skills and technique.
There is also the gold, senior and high performance groups which allow young athletes to train hard, develop their competitive swimming strategies and – if they make qualifying times – to travel overseas and swim at a national level. Last year, Stingray swimmers were members of the CARIFTA girls 11-12 4×100 meter freestyle relay gold medal teams – and set a CARIFTA record.
Stingray members were in the boys 15-17 4x200m free relay bronze team and also brought home seven individual medals.
The club also sent swimmers to the Island Games, FINA World Championships and Junior Commonwealth Games. These swimmers put in more than 20 hours of training a week, while also maintaining their grades at school – and they need the public’s help to continue achieving these results.
Athletes have just two hours to complete as many laps as possible on Thursday. In that time they hope to raise $20,000 which, for a small swim club with swimmers ranging in age from 6 to 21, is a lofty goal.
Funds raised in the Big Swim will go toward overseas travel, a scholarship program and equipment for swimmers and for the pool.
Stingray strives to make all levels of competitive swimming affordable to all participants while still maintaining a professional atmosphere, and to keep costs down for members. To do this, it is necessary to raise funds throughout the year.
Besides individual donations and sponsorship, the club hopes that organizations or companies who wish to make larger donations will contact Stingray’s public relations director Kathy Jackson on [email protected] or on 925-5056. For more information, visit www.caymanswimming.com.