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Swimming: Sports Minister backs Aquatics Centre, revisions needed to move forward

Sports Minister Hon. Juliana O’Connor-Connolly says government is fully behind a 50/50 partnership for a new Aquatics Centre proposed by the Cayman Islands Aquatic Sports Association (CIASA).

In May, CIASA presented plans to the Ministry for a $6 million dollar facility south of the Dalmain Ebanks Boxing Gym in George Town. Minister O’Connor-Connolly says government will partner with the association, pending some key architectural changes.

“I wouldn’t put a percentage on it because we are waiting to for the other 50% partner to come back with actual diagrams. There are some logistical issues with the site plan. Once it comes back, it is then it will not be a matter of where it will be placed. We will partner with them.”

The hopes of a 50-metre pool have long been a dream for many involved with swimming in the Cayman Islands. Minister O’Connor-Connolly assured the facility is no longer just a hope and a dream.

“Subject to an international disaster or financial catastrophe, by the help of God we are going to get our pool.”

Aquatics Centre Committee President Steven Broadbelt told Cayman 27 “CIASA is grateful for the Minister’s support and clear direction the Ministry has provided on making sure the swimming facilities work in harmony with all of the athletic user groups of the Truman Bodden Sports Complex. CIASA has engaged with a local architect to continue the development of the plans for the new Aquatics Centre, taking on board all the changes and design considerations provided by Government.”

 

 

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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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