Olympic gold-medalist swimmer coming to Cayman

Erik Vendt
Erik Vendt

American Olympian Erik Vendt will be a guest of honor at the Splash, Dash and Brunch event this weekend.

The event, from Friday to Sunday, will have “something for everyone,” according to organizers, the Cayman Islands Amateur Swimming Association. The three days of events will include age group clinics for the local swim community on Friday; two Sea Swims (200 meters and 400 meters) on Saturday; and brunch with Olympians and CIASA annual awards ceremony on Sunday.

Michael Lockwood, the swimming association’s president, said, “CIASA is proud to host Erik Vendt during its Splash, Dash and Brunch celebration weekend.” Vendt is a three-time Olympian and Olympic medalist, winning gold in 2008 and silver in 2000 and 2004. He was the first American to break 15 minutes and set a new American record in the 1,500 freestyle at the 2000 Olympic trials.

“In addition to being the keynote speaker at our annual award’s brunch,” Mr. Lockwood said, “Erik will conduct age group clinics and participate in the Care Pharmacy sea swim.

“We are very fortunate to have someone of Erik’s caliber here in Cayman to celebrate this weekend with us. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank KPMG for their continued generous support which is instrumental in assisting us to provide a fun, inspirational weekend whilst also enabling us to acknowledge the success of our swimmers.”

Saturday’s sea swims along Seven Mile Beach are open to all. Registration and markings take place at Governors Beach from 3-3:45 p.m. and the swim starts at 4 p.m.

There is a $15 entry fee for adult CIASA members and a $10 fee for child CIASA members. For non-members, the entry fee is $20 for adults and $15 for children. The Brunch with Olympians and awards ceremony on Sunday will be held at the Marriott Beach Resort from 9:30 a.m. Tickets are $50 per person.

Anyone who would like to find out more or who wants to take part in any of these events can contact Joan Link at [email protected]