Cayman cop Gabe Rabess is pure gold on the squash court.
The island’s number one player picked up the top gong at the Police and Fire World Games in Quebec last week.
The medal now takes pride of place alongside a whole range of other trophies on display at the Rabess residence in George Town.
For, as well as Gabe’s achievements on the squash courts, which include a win in Miami at the Boca Raton tournament – a regular venue for Police Constable Rabess – his wife Marlene is currently ranked No.1 in the Caribbean too, so the trophy cabinet ain’t exactly bare!
Gabe had to prepare the hard way for Quebec. For after Ivan there was little chance to play and he had to make do with working out in the gym and on the beach.
Eventually Cayman Airways came to the rescue with a subsidise flight to Jamaica and Gabe was o get back on court at the Lagini Club in Kingston.
More sessions at the Kings in George Town back on Grand Cayman helped with preparations for Gabe, who normally plays at the soon to be re-opened Squash Club at South Sound.
Gabe came to the Island three years ago and has been with the RCIP for just under a year.
As well as the gold at the Police and Fire Games, he has treasured memories of the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester, England were Gabe represented Dominica, his father’s birthplace.
‘I wasn’t placed in the Commonwealth Games, but it was about the experience not so much the achievement on that trip,’ said Gabe.
Detective Chief Superintendent Derek Haines was another achiever at the Police and Fire World Games. He took bronze in the 10 kilometre event and clocked a time of 1hr 44mins in the half marathon on Sunday 3 July.
Mike Needham, of the RCIP Finance Unit, Frank Owens and Clive Smith were among the other Cayman police officers in the team that went to Quebec.