Swimmers look to raise 15k during Memorial Sea Swim

Five swimmers from Stingray Swim Club (SSC) will attempt to swim 6-miles across the North Sound in honour of the late Emmanuel Brown, who died following a fatal boat collision on August 11th last year.

Among the five swimmers participating is Cayman Islands National athlete Raya Embury-Brown, who is the daughter of Emmanuel Brown. 

“This swim means a lot to me, being able to do my first swim over 10K in remembrance of my dad and to support my club,” said Raya in a press release from SSC.

Elana Sinclair, Alex Dakers, Kyra Rabess and Jake Bailey will all join Raya on the 6 mile journey across the North Sound.

“It is going to be a challenge but I’m so thankful to be doing the swim with my teammates,” said Raya. “We always support and motivate each other. It’ll be a tough swim but I’m excited.”

The memorial swim aims to raise $15,000 in support of SSC athletes who are not able to finance themselves for local or international competitive swim meets. In addition, SSC hopes to bring awareness from the memorial swim on water and boating safety in the Cayman Islands.

ELANA SINCLAIR, ALEX DAKERS, KYRA RABESS, JAKE BAILEY AND RAYA EMBURY-BROWN. Photo: Stingray Swim Club
ELANA SINCLAIR, ALEX DAKERS, KYRA RABESS, JAKE BAILEY AND RAYA EMBURY-BROWN. Photo: Stingray Swim Club

“Even the strongest of us are vulnerable to the dangers of both the sea and boating practices,” stated in the release.

SSC Head Coach David Pursley has contributed more to the club during his time, then anyone prior. In fact, since his arrival as coach several years ago, Cayman has had the most successful CARIFTA championships in history. However, Pursley says The North Sound Memorial Crossing sits high on his list of favourite meets.

“This swim is certainly one of the most meaningful events that I have been a part of since arriving in Cayman,” said Pursley. He said the five swimmers assembled to take on the waves, are fit for the task at hand.

“The support the team has for each other is so strong and this swim is a testament to it. It is not a small feat to swim across the North Sound but all four were more than happy to do it in support of Raya. I’m really happy we found a way to honour Manny (Emmanuel Brown).”

The swim is set to start at approximately 6am at Starfish Point this Saturday (August 8) and finish at the George Town Yacht Club at 8 to 8:30am. SSC invites members of the public to welcome the swimmers as they finish their swim.

Those who wish to donate, can do so, through Stingray Swim Club Butterfield Bank account, which is: KYD – 1361415940019 or their Cayman National bank account which is KYD – 01108031.

Coverage by Hurley’s Media (Cayman 27) above following the tragic boat collision that left two dead including Emmanuel Brown. For more information on the swim, visit the Stingray Swim Club website, www.caymanswimming.com.

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