Sports Department honours women

The Department of Youth and Sports will be doing its part to show support for Honouring Women’s Month.

The department women’s sports coordinator, Merta Day, has put together a schedule of sporting events that includes a seminar and the kick-off the Department of Youth and Sports District U-15 Girls Rally. Ms Day also plans to showcase four women in sports over the course of the month.

She said her purpose is to show the myriad ways in which the spirit, courage and contributions of women have added to the vitality, richness and diversity of the Caymanian culture.

The much-anticipated Department of Youth and Sports District U-15 Girls Rally, organised by Ms Day and football coach Cherry Whittaker, will start this Saturday, 12 March, at Truman Bodden Sports Complex. The rally will have four teams – one from West Bay, one from the Eastern Districts and two from George Town. The rally will be run in a nine-a-side format over the course of two Saturdays.

‘We will start with a short rally, a type of pilot scheme, because we don’t want to clash with the Cayman Islands Football Association leagues. We want to give these young footballers a taste of what to expect in a full league,’ Day said.

‘The coaches and the girls have waited a long time to pull off this league. I believe that the time is right, and everyone involved seems to be looking forward to it,’ she said.

The Sports Seminar set for Tuesday, 22 March, will deal with issues that most women face in Grand Cayman’s fast-paced society. Bethany Smith, the community dietician at Cayman Islands Hospital, and John Gray High School’s physical education teacher, Jane Kelly, will offer advice on the importance of healthy eating, weight management and physical exercise activities.

Day holds two exercise classes, free of charge, each Tuesday and Thursday at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex. The class starts at 5:30 pm. The class aims to attract the non-athlete who many not have the time or the funds to go to a gym, Day said.

‘Just exercising three times a week will help a person get into or stay in shape. I try to make the classes fun. We walk or play a variety of sports so that it does not get boring,’ Day explained.

The four women Day plans to feature will be football coach Sarah Orrett, elite athlete Cydonie Mothersill, sports organiser Kim Rough-Moses, and 2003 Athlete of the Year (women) Corine Glosgow. The four represent the wide range of achievements of Caymanians in the sporting arena.

While Cydonie is at the top of her game, Rough-Moses had to work extremely hard to lose weight in order to improve her life. Orrett’s community spirit has helped build Future Sports Club, and Glosgow is triathlete.

Honouring Women’s Month in Sports calendar of events:

Department of Youth and Sports District U-15 Girls league. Saturdays, 12 and 19 March, Truman Bodden Sports Complex, 3 p.m.

Sports Seminar, Tuesday 22 March, Truman Bodden Sports Complex VIP Lounge, 5:45 p.m. Exercise class each Tuesday and Thursday, Truman Bodden Sports Complex, 5:30 p.m.

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