Former Men’s 100m World Record Holder, Olympic and World Athletics Champion, Jamaican born Canadian Donovan Bailey and former World Indoor Women’s 200m Champion Jamaican Juliet Campbell, will be the featured guests and speakers at the Annual Awards & Dinner Presentation of the Cayman Islands Athletic Association at the Mary Miller Hall on Saturday 6th January 2007 commencing at 7:00am.
Bailey began competing as a 100m sprinter on a part-time basis in 1991 but took up the sport seriously in 1994, at which time he was a successful stockbroker. At the 1995 World Athletic Championships in Gothenburg, Sweden he won the Men’s 100m and was part of the Canadian team that mined gold in the Men’s 4x100m Relay. At the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, USA he repeated both feats and in the process established a new World Record time of 9.84secs. for the Men’s premier track event. In the process he restored the image of Canadian athletics, which had been tainted by the Ben Johnson Seoul Olympics disgrace. His feat at the 1996 Olympics made him only the second man to hold all the major titles in the 100m concurrently (World Champion, Olympic Champion and World Record Holder). In 1997 he finished second in the Men’s 100m at the World Athletics Championships but garnered gold in the Men’s sprint Relay with his Canadian teammates. A five-time World and Olympic Champion, Bailey also set the World Indoor 50m mark of 5.56 in Reno, Nevada, USA in 1996 and his world 100m record time of 9.84secs stood from 1996 to 1999. He retired from the sport in 2001and now owns a business which helps amateur athletes find a way to promote themselves.
Donovan’s visit to the Cayman Islands was made possible through the assistance of Sagicor General Insurance, Motor & General Insurance and The Residences at the Ritz Carlton.
Juliet Campbell’s International career spanned more than a decade in the sport. A successful 400m runner at the start of her career, Juliet made the unusual switch from 400 metres to 200m metres in 1997 and proved that it was possible to go down distances as well as up and still be successful as she won the World Indoor Championships Women’s 200m in Lisbon, Portugal in 2001. As an individual Athlete she mined silver in the 200m at the Goodwill Games in 2001 and at the Commonwealth Games in 1998 and 2002. She also won bronze over the same distance in 2003 World Indoor Championships. As a member of Jamaica’s 4x100m Women’s Relay team she won bronze at the 1993 World Championships as well as at the 1998 Commonwealth Games. She was a member of that country’s silver medal winning Women’s 4x400m Relay team at the 2001 World Indoor Championships and has been a finalist in the 400m at the 1993 World Championships, and in the 200m at the 1999 World Indoor Championships, the 1998 World Championships and the 2001 World Championships. She was also a member of Jamaica’s fourth placed finishing Women’s 4x400m Relay teams at the 1993 World Championships and 1996 Olympic Games.
A model of commitment and excellence Juliet left active International sprinting to open a Sport Management company. Today she is an agent for the world renowned athletic gear manufacturer, Puma and in which capacity she is now associated with local athletics. Following the 2006 Commonwealth Games the previous supplier of gears to the CIAA, Adidas, who had agreed to continue in that role until 2008, informed the Association that they were unable to follow through on their commitment. Consequently, contact was made with Puma and Ms. Campbell, which resulted in Puma agreeing to outfit National track and field teams for the 2007 Season.
The Awards Dinner and Presentation will feature among its attendees His Excellency the Governor and Mrs. Stuart Jack as well as IAAF Council Member and Area Representative, Mr. Teddy McCook.
All Athletes who represented the country at the 2006 Commonwealth Games; CAC Games; NACAC U23 Championships, World Juniors, CAC Jrs., Carifta Games and CUT Championships as well as the Athletes of the Year will be presented with awards in recognition of their achievements.
The Awards and Dinner ceremony will be preceded by the Season opener, The Truman Bodden Meet at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex starting at 9:00am.