The president of the Cayman Rugby Union (CRU) is very happy about the recent success of a young Caymanian player abroad.
‘I am delighted that Schmarrah has made such an impact in the US U19 women’s national rugby team. We have been saying that the Cayman athletes have the abilities to make the highest levels of the sport and this proves the point,’ said President of the CRU Derek Haines.
In June 2006, Schmarrah McCarthy became the first Caymanian athlete to compete for the U19 US women’s national rugby team. McCarthy has become a notable presence on the team, scoring points and gaining words of praise from her coaches.
‘The Cayman Islands should be justly proud of her achievement; which will also inspire other players both male and female,’ Mr. Haines said.
Mr. Haines went on to discuss the impact Schmarrah’s accomplishment will have on the current batch of local rugby players.
As President of the CRU and an avid fan of the game, Mr. Haines is well aware of the appeal and many benefits of rugby.
‘Rugby is a sport for males and females of all ages. As a character building team game, the skills and discipline required not only makes for a skilful athlete but also for good citizenship.’
Through the efforts of thriving players like Schmarrah and the successful launch of events like the Deloitte Sevens Tournament, Cayman has become a premier place for the sport of rugby.
‘Cayman now has the highest number of rugby players per capita in the world and those numbers are growing. A large proportion of those players are in our schools, with the Rugby Union recently holding inter house and school competitions,’ Mr. Haines said, who was recently re-elected for a sixth term as President.
Mr. Haines was very optimistic about the future of rugby in these islands. He felt that its popularity among women will only increase in the future.
‘Girls and young women showed strongly in [school] competitions and we intend to focus on [their] further development at the national level, both at the 7s and the 15 a side games.
‘The future of women’s rugby, as a consequence, looks more positive than at any time in the past and will be even more so by the example set by Schmarrah.’
Mr. Haines was keen to pass on best wishes to Schmarrah on behalf of the CRU.
‘Our congratulations go to Schmarrah for her outstanding performance at the international level. We wish her continued success both on and off the field of play.’