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Swimming: Memory of Von Kanel continues to inspire Cayman’s swimmers

Cayman’s first CARIFTA medalist, the late Landon Von Kanel may have passed over 17 years ago but his memory lives on both in and out of the pool. Stingray Swim Cub held it’s 4th Annual Landon Von Kanel Memorial Meet over four days starting Thursday (31 May) at the Lions Pool. Stingray’s Kathy Jackson says the meet is a vital part of the swimming calendar.

“There is an important message we share with our swimmers which is to be careful and responsible.”

Von Kanel tragically lost his life in a car accident in 2001, and Jackson says the event is a way to inspire swimmers young and old to overcome adversity.

“He is apart of swimming legacy in the Cayman Islands. It is really important to remember those people who set paths and it’s really important to inspire our young swimmers to keep going.”

Von Kanel was just 12 years old when he won gold at the 1996 CARIFTA Games in both the 200-and 400-metre free.

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Jordan Armenise

Jordan Armenise

From Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, Jordan Armenise began his sports broadcasting journey with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League. It was in this role where he was able to merge his best attributes: sports knowledge and personality. While with the Ticats, Jordan provided live analysis and interviews while developing a digital portfolio of one-on-one interviews, episodic sports comedy and full length sports & news features. He has also worked with CBC Sports for Hockey Night in Canada, the 2014 Sochi Olympics and Special Olympics as well as roles with Cineflix and Cream Productions as an Assistant Director.

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