The annual Landon von Kanel Memorial swim meet organised by Stingray Swim Club (SSC) is set to take place this weekend (25-27 September) at the Lions Aquatic Centre.
It marks the first scheduled swim meet sanctioned by the Cayman Islands Amateur Swim Association (CIASA) since February, after the swimming season was disrupted
by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Von Kanel became the first swimmer from the Cayman Islands to medal at the CARIFTA Swimming Championships in 1996; capturing two gold medals in both the 200 and 400 metres freestyle events at just 12-years-old.
Five years after etching his name in the history books, von Kanel was tragically killed in a car accident.
“Stingray honours his memory at this meet through our ongoing commitment to provide Cayman’s youth with access to the growth, discipline and focus that come from taking part in organised sports,” stated in a SSC press release.
Swimmers from SSC will compete against Camana Bay Aquatic Club, Seven Mile Swimmers and other groups.
“Landon’s father Pastor Randy von Kanel and Grant Thornton Managing Partner Dara Keogh will be in attendance Saturday morning to say a few words in Landon’s memory and the importance of the event,” stated in the release.
|Date||Event start time|
|Friday (25 September)||5:45pm|
|Saturday (26 September)||8:15am|
|Sunday (27 September)||8:15am|