The Cayman Islands soon will have a 50-metre pool, but it won’t be used for competitions.
A pool up to Olympic standards in length and width is being built by Davenport Development at a private complex in South Sound. It’s believed the pool will be available for local swimmers to train.
It’s only two lanes, so no competitions will be held there but Cayman Islands Swimming Technical Director Bailey Weathers says it’s a step in the right direction.
“Even to be in the pool a couple times per month — the two-lane, 50-metre pool — say on a Saturday afternoon or something, it would be wonderful for the kids,” Weathers said. “It’s just keeping their perspective so they’re not shocked by metres. One of the biggest challenges with CARIFTA for us is we go eight months without seeing a 50-metre pool and then all of a sudden the kids are thrown into one. So we try to go a day or two early but they’re resting so it’s a bit of a challenge.”
The swimming community has been seeking a 50-metre pool for some time now.
Last week Sports Minister Hon. Osbourne Bodden said his Ministry would consider a public-private sector partnership to build an eight-lane, Olympic-sized pool capable of hosting international competitions.
Weathers says there are plans in the works to try and make that a reality.