Every four years the Summer Olympics makes swimming one of the most viewed sports in the world. Here in Cayman, the Cayman Islands Aquatic Sports Association (CIASA) is also looking to the excitement of the Summer Olympics – and hoping to have Cayman swimmers on deck in Tokyo too!
“Exposing our swimmers to international competition is key to the development of their mental and physical capacity to race,” said Andrew MacKay – CIASA Treasurer, and a former Cayman Islands Olympian himself, who knows the truth of this statement first hand. “And as with all things, the ability to develop our swimmers requires a financial investment. We are truly grateful to everyone who turned out to support CIASA’s 2020 CUC-GCM Golf Tournament – donating some funds and having a great afternoon on the golf course at the same time.”
Winners were the Queensgate Team of Dennis Hunter, Braden Howe, Andrew Jarvis and Orapin Howe, who each won a $150 Clubhouse gift Certificate, and a bottle of Prosecco. Other prizes awarded were for second place team KPMG – Joel Dodson, Greg Bennett and John Ferrari; third place team, Hit n Hope – Denis Corin, Tim Adair, Ed Weber and Rich Ellison and last place team, PwC – Rebecca Mileham, Jordan Cornacohio and Rachel Funk; as well as the Longest Drive female and male, and Closest to the Pin female and male.
In addition to the golf tournament – which raised approximately $5,500.00 - CIASA holds a number of fundraising initiatives year round. CARIFTA Swimming is on the horizon and CIASA members are now selling tickets for a raffle with a first prize of $1000.00, second prize of $500 and three third prizes, each of $100.00.
Sandy Hew, CIASA Director and organiser of these fund raising initiatives, knows first-hand how important it is that swimmers be able to travel and compete – her daughter Lauren Hew is a well-known Cayman National Team member, who is currently a student athlete at Florida State University, and an overseas member of Camana Bay Aquatic Club. “We are so grateful to CUC and Global Captive Management for coming on as title sponsors of the golf tournament, along with our other sponsors who donated prizes… so if you see a swimmer coming your way with a book of raffle tickets – please support Cayman Swimming and buy a ticket – or two.”
Next on the calendar for CIASA is the Cayman Islands National Swimming Championships, held at the Camana Bay Sports Complex pool in Camana Bay, Wednesday 26 – Saturday 29 February with preliminary swims taking place in the morning and finals in the afternoon.