Swimmers get ready to roar at Lions Sprint Meet

| 20/05/2016
CNS Local Life

Stingray swimmers with Lions Club timekeepers at a previous sprint meet (Photo by SSC)

(CNS): The annual Lions Sprint Meet is being held Saturday, 21 May at the Lions Aquatic Centre. The event is sponsored by the Lions Club and organised and operated by the Stingray Swim Club (SSC). The meet, which is free to enter, is open to swimmers from all of Cayman’s clubs allowing as many young people as possible to participate, or to try out competitive swimming for the first time.

The swimmers compete for high points trophies and first-place golden honours in sprint distances in each of the strokes: 25m for ages 6 & under and 7-8; and 50m for 10 and under, 11-12, 13-14 and 15 and over age groups.

Lion president Ewan Jacques is encouraging all parents, friends and family of swimmers and members of the community to come out to support Cayman’s young athletes. “This pool was built so that all Caymanian children could learn to swim. Stingray honours the vision of the Lions Club every year by hosting this meet, organising it for us and allowing all children to swim for free,” he said.

“We truly appreciate the partnership that has developed with Stingray over the years, and we congratulate them on their continued successes both in the pool here in Cayman and overseas, and in open-water competition.”

Stingray head coach David Pursley said of the event: “The Lions Sprint Meet is an important one for our club. The Lions Aquatic Centre has been the home of Stingray Swim Club for 20 years – has seen swimmers strive for personal excellence, set national and CIASA (Cayman Islands Amateur Swimming Association) records and train to take part in international competitions as important as the Olympics.

“Our swimmers look forward to this sprint meet, as do our parents and volunteers. We extend our thanks to the officials who volunteer their time… and we encourage everyone to come down and support our swimmers in this amazing, community event.”

Events coming up after this meet are the CIASA Butterfield 800m Sea Swim on 28 May; the Landon Von Kanel Swim Meet, 2-5 June, which offers a full array of events – sprint, middle and long distances; and the Flowers One Mile Sea Swim on 11 June.

For more information, go to the Stingray Swim Club website

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