Cayman athletes are mining medals in nearly every corner of the globe.
Cayman’s 200m sprinter Cydonie Mothersill captured gold at the CAC Track and Field Championships in the Bahamas on Monday night. Meanwhile, on the same evening in a different time zone, Island Games athletes from Cayman garnered six medals – three gold and three silver.
Cydonie’s time of 22.26, though wind-assisted, allowed her to successfully defend her CAC gold, set last year. But it was her time in the heats, 22.39, that set a new national record, according to team manager Rayle Roberts.
Christine Amertil (Bahamas) was second with 22.64 seconds. Peta-Gaye Dowdie from Jamaica took home the bronze with 22.72 seconds, and her teammate Sheri-Ann Brooks came fourth in 22.99 seconds.
Two-time CAC Champion Mothersill got off to a blazing start. While Amertil tried her best to stay with her, Mothersill, showing fine form, powered down the home stretch, not allowing any of the field to come close.
‘I feel really good. I felt as if I had a bit a little bit more in the tank,’ Cydonie Mothersill said.
Mothersill is now on her way to Europe for several competitions, including the World Track and Field Championships this August.
Although the rest of the Cayman team did not medal, Roberts said the Cayman Islands Athletic Association (CIAA) was pleased with their results.
‘The team did very well, considering this was the first time most of them had competed at this level. Cydonie has set a foundation for the months to come. She blew away the field,’ Roberts said.
‘The wind was really bad. Either times were wind-assisted or there was a serious cross wind,’ he added.
Minister of Sports Alden McLaughlin applauded Cydonie Mothersill for garnering the gold. ‘Any day one of our athletes is able to make such an achievement is a good day. It asserts that we are the best in our region. I would also like to thank the rest of the team for doing their best.’
Jenna Gaio earned her first Island Games medal (gold) with a time of 12.62 in the 100m. The twins, Carlos and Carl, also scored big in the 200m with a gold (22.56) and a silver (22.64), respectively. Michael Letterlough captured silver in the hammer throw with 48.59m, and Heather Roffey set a new Island Games record in the 100m butterfly, clocking in at 1:04.31, and picked up silver in the 200m freestyle with a time of 2:06.56. Opal Bodden placed fourth in the triple jump with a leap of 10.44m.
Cayman’s only shooter, Robert Harris, reported that he finished in a respectful fifth place in the team event as a lone shooter.
‘I shot in a team event today [Monday] by myself and managed a fairly decent score of 78/100. I say ‘decent’ because it started out with me leading the field with 23 out of 25, but then the fog and clouds rolled in. I had ice build-up on my shooting glasses. Despite only having the opportunity to shoot 100 targets (under normal circumstances a teammate would account for the other 100 targets), still I managed to beat a two-man team from the Western Isles. Individually I am ranked fifth,’ he wrote in an e-mail.
Minister of Sports Alden McLaughlin again offered his congratulations to athletes at the Island Games in Shetland.
‘To see and hear about our athletes doing so well swells the heart. Results such at these help to increase our national pride and show the associations are on the right track. The people of these islands, including me, are extremely proud of you all.’