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Smiley Swim Lauded

Andrew Smiley from The Water is Open website.

Minister of Sports, The Hon Mark Scotland

Congratulates Special Olympian Andrew Smiley

Thursday, 1 October 2009

I congratulate local athlete and Special Olympian Andrew Smiley on his outstanding performance in last month's RCP Tiburon Mile Swim held in San Francisco Bay's Raccoon Strait.

Andrew placed 107th overall out of a field of 800 swimmers in this premier open water swim event. He also placed third in the 19-29 age group in the non-wetsuit division in what was his first cold-water experience.

Andrew is an exceptional athlete and proves that where there is a will, there are no boundaries. This athlete's hard work, dedication and perseverance have deservedly earned him my respect, and I applaud him for being a positive role model for our young people.

I am therefore thrilled that Andrew's stellar performance has received international recognition. His performance has been nominated as one of the greatest open water swims of the year.

I encourage all to visit http://www.thewaterisopen.com/polls/worlds_great_open_water_swims_of_2009 and show your support for this outstanding Cayman athlete.

I wish Andrew the best of luck with all his future endeavours!