Busy May for swimmers

The Flow Sea Swim will be the first of two this month. (file photo)

After a relatively quiet April following major overseas competition at the CARIFTA Swimming Championships and the XXI Commonwealth Games, its set to be a packed month for local swimmers before the season winds down.

The next meet on the calendar is the Lions Sprint Meet in Cayman Brac on 5 May. The Lions Sprint Meet on Grand Cayman will be held the following weekend (12 May) at Lions Pool.

On that day, the Cayman Islands Aquatic Sports Association (CIASA) hosts its next open water sea swim – the 31st Annual FLOW 800m Sea Swim. The race is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. and will start and finish at Governor’s Beach.

The following weekend will feature a three-day Development Team Swim Camp from 18-20 May. On the 18th will also be a Friday Night Lights Distance Challenge at Lions Pool.

Another open water event will be held on 26 May in the Butterfield 800m Sea Swim also at Governor’s Beach. With a pair of open water events being held this month, CIASA is looking for volunteers to help with these races.

“If anyone is interested in volunteering for sea swims with registration, body marking, assisting with awards and refreshments/t-shirts, sea marshals (paddle board, jetski or kayak ; we provide equipment), land marshals, lifeguard, course set-up and take-down, start and finish line and other duties that are available with these swims; we would ask that you please contact Duke Sullivan at dsullivan@redsailsports.com,” stated CIASA secretary Chilian Wong-Ellison in an email.

The month ends with the Landon Von Kanel Memorial Swim Meet at Lions Pool from 31 May to 3 June. The former Stingray Swim Club member and national swimmer was the first gold medallist in overseas competition for the Cayman Islands, winning both the 200m and 400m freestyle events at the 1996 CARIFTA Games. His life was cut short by a car accident in the United States in 2001.

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