The young athletes of Stingray Swim Club are looking to gain the support of the Cayman Islands community ahead of the team’s annual Swim-A-Thon event, which takes place Saturday, 1 August.
The Swim-A-Thon is Stingray’s largest fundraiser of the year. For the event, Stingray athletes gather pledges from family, friends and supporters to donate money to the club, and in exchange the athletes swim as far as they possibly can during their allotted time on Saturday.
"It has been a challenging time for the club, as it has for the community but we felt that we needed to go ahead with the two annual events that has been a cornerstone of the club for many years; events that brings our swim family together in celebration of who we are, how strong we are and what we have accomplished,” Stingray President Marlene West said.
This year, Stingray has plenty to celebrate, with the relaxation of Covid-19 restrictions and the team’s recent return to their training home at the Lions Aquatic Centre. For the past four months, Stingray athletes have kept in shape through virtual workouts and by participating in swim practices at the beach.
Stingray is adapting the Swim-A-Thon event to conform with government regulations and encourage participation. This year, the Swim-A-Thon will be held in conjunction with the team’s annual awards banquet.
Both events will be held on 1 August at Barkers beach in West Bay. The Swim-A-Thon takes place from 7-9.30am, and the awards banquet and Hawaiian-themed BBQ will begin after that.
For more information on Stingray Swim Club, visit www.caymanswimming.com.