Cayman’s swimming Technical Director Bailey Weathers says the country is at a disadvantage when it comes on to CARFITA. Mr. Weathers says there is no denying that Cayman has improved in the quality of athletes that it sends off to the games over the years, however we are still lacking quantity.
Mr. Weathers says on average Cayman sends only half the number of representatives that our larger counterparts send each year, but the main reason behind that is a lack of financial support.
“We are going to also need to be able to get enough funding to take a full team,” said Mr. Weathers. He added,”We would probably take about 20 athletes this year. A full team would be 48, so we have to work our way up.”
But for the athelets who don’t make the cut, for whatever reason be it finance or talent, there are local meets that help them showcase what they have to offer.
90% of athletes who train and compete in local meets will never get the chance to actually represent Cayman; and so Mr. Weathers believes swim meets helps to foster that competitive spirit that may go unseen.