After winning three medals, including a gold at the Central American and Caribbean Amateur Swimming Confederation Swimming and Open Water Championships in Barbados, it’s safe to say Sierrah Broadbelt is among a few junior Caymanian swimmers with the potential to be a star.
Broadbelt’s performance in Barbados, comes on the heels of another historic performance earlier this year during the 2022 CARIFTA Games, where she also secured medals in her respective events.
The 13-year-old from East End stems from prominent Caymanian lineage. Her grandfather was the late John Bonwell McLean Sr., who served 24 years in the Legislative Assembly; 12 as a Minister. And her mother, Shannon McLean-Broadbelt was the winner of the Miss Cayman Islands Universe in 2001.
Now Broadbelt is looking to add to her family legacy through swimming and she is off to a stupendous start.
She competed in the 30th annual Flowers Sea Swim this past June and finished 13th overall ahead of Olympians Ryan Lochte and Cayman’s own Brett Fraser.
Broadbelt, who trains out of Seven Mile Swimmers, is also the owner of six long course and two short course junior national records.
Her recent performances have caught the attention of the Cayman Islands Olympic Committee, who have agreed to give the youngster an opportunity on one of the biggest stages for any athlete to compete.
First reported by the Cayman Compass; Broadbelt will be among 21 athletes representing her country at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England.
She will compete in the 50 metres freestyle and 100m free during the Birmingham Games.