Swimmer John Bodden prepares for Pan Am debut

John Bodden and fellow Cayman Islands swimmer Lauren Hew at the Pan Am Games in Lima, Peru.

Cayman Islands swimmer John Bodden says he’s looking forward to representing the islands at his debut appearance at the Pan Am Games in Lima, Peru, on Tuesday.

Bodden, 19, will compete in the 400-metre freestyle and 200m butterfly heats between 11am and 2:15pm Tuesday. The finals of both events will be held on the same day between 8:30‑10:45pm.

He will also compete in the 1500m freestyle on Saturday, 10 Aug.

In an interview with the press attache for Cayman’s Olympic Committee Jade Webster, Bodden said he was excited to be at the Games in Lima. “I’ve never been to a meet like this before, so being able to compete at a level like this is something different for me,” he said.

He said he and other members of the Stingray Swim Club had been doing a lot of work, practice and distance training “and I think it will pay off this week”.

Since arriving at Peru, he said he had put in three swims, “hitting pace, so I’m pretty confident going in”.

“I’ll just to do my best represent the islands as best that I can,” he said. “At the end of the day, no matter what time I [post], I’m still representing the Cayman Islands and that’s the most important part about it.”

In the meantime, he has been enjoying spending time at the Athletes Village, where “there is always Spanish music playing”, he said. “That’s what happens at my house too.”

John Bodden hits the pool to train for his Pan Am Games appearances.

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