The Cayman Islands Amateur Swimming Association (CIASA) hosted it’s first ever all relay event Friday (8 January) evening at the Camana Bay Aquatics Centre, with the main focus on giving back to the community.
“2020 was a challenging year for everyone,” said CIASA Director Duke Sullivan. “We are fortunate we are able to have an event that could bring these swimmers together and start 2021 on a high note, while at the same time, raise money for Cayman ARK.”
Over 140 swimmers from Camana Bay Aquatic Club (CBAC), Stingray Swim Club and Seven Mile Swimmers combined, tested themselves in friendly competition with some teams even partnering with one another to foster more competitive balance.
CBAC head coach Hayley Palmer welcomed the event. “Our community has never experienced a team based event on this scale before, and to be able to do it at this point in history given the global climate is a reflection of the amazing ‘Cayman Kind’ that this country has experienced, and organizations like ARK are committed to supporting,” said Palmer.
CIASA raised and donated $1,500 to Cayman ARK following the event. In addition, CIASA said the event is something they are looking to “repeat every year.”