Swimmers train with Canadian Olympian

Stehanie Horner chats with some of the swimmers before the start of the clinic. Technical Director Bailey Weathers looks on.

A handful of local swimmers took advantage of the opportunity to improve their open water techniques, as they participated in a training session with Canadian Olympian Stephanie Horner during her visit to the Cayman Islands for the Pirates Week 5K Open Water Race.

Stephanie Horner

The open water clinics were conducted by Horner and Cayman Islands Amateur Swimming Association (CIASA) technical director Bailey Weathers at Governor’s Beach on 10 November.

“We like to do a clinic in conjunction with the first 5K each year. We found that this is a great opportunity for kids that have never done a 5K to get some idea of what it is to do in the race and give them a little flavour for what they are going to do the next day,” Weathers said.

“The opportunity with KPMG supporting the Pirates Week event for us and to be able to bring an athlete down to talk to the kids and give them some exposure to open water swimming is just an incredible opportunity. So, we use that time to do a clinic.”

Horner, 28, was excited to share her experiences with the youngsters. “It started off with questions. They were able to ask any questions they wanted to, whether it was about when I was a pool swimmer or what I thought about open water and how I got into it.”

After that, she took a group of about seven or eight teenagers into the water for skills training and drills. Included in that was tips on how to swim in a pack – a useful exercise for open water racing. “I just wanted to prep them for the event [the following day],” said Horner, who won the race in under an hour the following day.

As she did that, Weathers worked with a smaller group of younger swimmers and gave them instruction about improving their starts and turns.

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