I am the Physiotherapist for the Cayman Islands swimming team.  In April I travelled to the CARFITA swim meet in Barbados. The group of 18 youngsters returned home with 7 medals!

During the meet the Cayman Islands swim team battled it out against the other 15 participating countries for 5 days. These were long days and often we were spending 9 hours around the poolside. But their training stood them in good stead, allowing them to keep both their standard of swimming & team spirit to a high level. If they weren’t swimming they were cheering on their other teammates, which was a great sight to see.

Between swims I was responsible for easing tired sore muscles, using soft tissue massage and stretching techniques, to prepare them for their next race.

It was a fantastic experience all round. The dedication of the team coaches Dom & Paula was clear to see. And the months of hard training these swimmers have been putting in was rewarded.  Congratulations to the 18 young Cayman Swimmers who gained 4 gold medals, a silver medal & two bronze medals at the 2011 CARIFTA Games.