Cayman swimming heats up over summer

The team that is competing in the Caribbean Islands Swimming Championships in the Bahamas (some members missing from photo).

It has been a busy time for the swimming community in Cayman with official training, National Swim Team selection, training and competition and the addition of a new swim program to the ranks of approved Cayman Islands Amateur Swimming Association programs, all in the span of six weeks.

“Hard on the heels of the Butterfield 800 came the mammoth event that is the Flowers One Mile Sea Swim and the more elite 5K and 10K races on the holiday Monday,” said CIASA’s Michael Lockwood. “And in between the open water events was the Landon von Kanel Meet at which all the local clubs competed.”

None of these competitive events is possible without volunteer officials, and CIASA has been active in that regard, bringing in officials to run clinics put on by swimming’s international governing body.

National swim team

On Monday, a team of 22, including 17 swimmers, two officials and three staff (2 coaches and a chaperone), flew to the Bahamas for the Caribbean Islands Swimming Championships from June 29 to July 2 for the pool competition and July 3 to 5 for open water events. Cayman has entered one swimmer for the open water competition.

The swimmers – who all achieved CIASA approved qualification times – are: Sabine Ellison, Avery Lambert, Stephanie Royston, Alison Jackson, Ria Plunkett, Holly Stradling, Samantha Bailey, Sarah Jackson, Lauren Hew, Catriona MacRae, Ella Plunkett, Jake Bailey, Corey Frederick-Westerborg, Jordan Crooks, Zachary Moore, Jonathan Key and Alex McCallum. They are coached by Bailey Weathers and David Pursley, and the team manager is Sue Weathers.

To follow the swimmers, check the website for more information.

CIASA-approved program

At the June board meeting of CIASA, Thrive Fit Ltd. was approved to be registered as a Learn to Swim program. Thrive Fit’s publicity states that it is a mobile swim, yoga and fitness business in Grand Cayman. They offer private, small group and corporate classes at the convenience of their clients’ location or their own.

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