A Family’s Passion: 25 Years of the Flowers Sea Swim

by SwimSwam 2

May 03rd, 2018 Open Water, Video

This short film shot, edited and produced by Brittany Tarwater and narrated by Olympic Gold Medalist, Davis Tarwater, captures a unique swimming story relatable to anyone who has loved this sport. The film centers around a family’s deep passion for the growth and development of the sport on the Island of Grand Cayman as well as throughout the Caribbean. This story is a testament to the power of sport, how a family used the bonds of swimming to create new friendships, bolster existing ones, support home grown champions and serve as a beacon of hope through times of tragedy.

For 25 years the Flowers Sea Swim has grown from modest beginnings into the largest swim in the Hemisphere. The brainchild of Mr. Frank Flowers Sr, and with the tireless support of his family and the team at the Flowers Group, this unique event, held on the legendary 7-mile beach, has hosted thousands of aquatic enthusiasts from the beginner level to the Olympic Champion.

Every year, the proceeds from the 1 mile swim assist in the efforts of one deserving charity. In years past, the funds from the event have gone to support causes like the Special Olympics, Hurricane Ivan relief efforts and most recently the establishment of a bone marrow registry, inspired by the tragic loss of Mrs. Eve Flowers (the wife of Frank Flowers, Sr) to leukemia. This year’s efforts, will go to the funding of a new women’s shelter in Grand Cayman.

The Flowers family as well as all the athletes who mark this event on our calendars every year, hope that swimming enthusiasts of all ages and ability levels will join us this year in Cayman. We know you will be back.

Flowers Sea Swim Key Facts:
Website: https://flowersseaswim.com
One Mile Swim: Saturday, June 16, 2018;
5K/10K: Monday, June 18, 2018

Contact: [email protected] / or via phone at 1 727 495 0107

Courtesy of Olympic gold medalist Davis Tarwater

Images courtesy of the Flowers Sea Swim.

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Mary Jane
2 months ago

I just found this after all the years it’s been online. I cried when I heard Mrs. Eve passed away because of not being able to find a bone marrow match. I never knew the circumstances of her death until now. This is heart breaking to me because she was such an amazing woman! My children and I were fortunate to have spent two weeks at her home in 1999. She was such a lovely lady and I will never forget her and her husband and her sweet puppy Gemini. RIP Mrs. Eve. Not sure if the swim team is still going strong but this is an amazing thing Mr. Flowers has done, just awesome!

Josh Davis
4 years ago

Awesome video! Well done DAVIS! I went in 2003 and it was glorious. God bless the Flowers Family and long live the Flowers Sea Swim!