The now-concluded World Athletics Championships in Helsinki became a stage for Caribbean athletes to again show the world that the people of our region can compete with anyone.
Athletes representing five Caribbean nations won medals. Cuba led the charge with a total of six medals, three of them gold. Our other close neighbour, Jamaica, collected eight medals, one of them gold. The Bahamas captured a couple of medals, one gold. Trinidad and Tobago earned one silver, just missing a gold in the men’s 4×100 relay. St. Kitts and Nevis took home a bronze. This success, drawn from so many Caribbean countries, should instil pride in all Caribbean citizens. Although the Caribbean’s medal total was no where near that of the USA and Russia, it was impressive nonetheless, especially considering our cumulative population compared with those large nations.
Our lone athlete at the World Championships, veteran sprinter Cydonie Mothersill, did not earn a medal but she did achieve the distinction of making the 200 meters final. It is no easy feat to earn a berth in a sprint final at the Olympic or World Championships level. Mothersill, 27, has established herself as one of the world’s best half-lap sprinters and in Helsinki she solidified that position.
Mothersill finished eighth in the final but was upbeat, promising to continue her pursuit of a World or Olympic medal for the Cayman Islands. That is no impossible dream. Mothersill is still young, even by track and field standards. Hopefully, she grows wiser with each race and stronger with each season. She may well run that historic race for us one day. She certainly deserves the community’s continued support as she battles against the fastest women in the world wearing Cayman’s colours. Every stride she takes toward her goal is one step closer to a new level of sports that will excite and inspire us all.