The Cayman Islands Athletic Association (CIAA) is set to explode out of the starting blocks this Saturday with a meet followed later by an awards ceremony that will include the talks by Olympic 100 meter gold medalist Donovan Bailey and former Jamaican sprint star Juliet Campbell.
The Truman Bodden Meet begins at 9am at the Sports Complex this Saturday, 6 January. The annual age-group meet traditionally brings out Cayman’s best young athletes for an exciting session of competition. The public is encouraged to attend, free of charge.
Competitors are asked to present themselves at the track no later than 8:30am on the date of the meet. Events to be contested include: Long Jump, Shot Put, Triple Jump, Discus Throw, Javelin Throw, 3,000m, 100m, 800m, 400m, 1500m and 200m for age groups 10-13; 14-16; 17-19. There will also be open categories for both male and female competitors.
Registration forms are available at the offices of the Cayman Islands Athletic Association at the Sports Complex or from coaches Williams, Yen, Wason and Harper as well as from the Brac Athletic Club in Cayman Brac. Forms will also be made available at all schools and must all be returned to the offices of the CIAA no later than 6pm on Thursday, 4 January. There is no entry fee for participating in the meet but no late registrations will be accepted.
The CIAA has requested the attendance of all the members of its Technical Committee at Saturday’s meet as well as time keepers, place judges and other volunteers and ask that they assemble at 8am on the day of the meet outside the VIP Lounge of the complex.
Track and field excitement continues later that evening with the second annual CIAA Awards Ceremony, at which presentations will be made to members of the various national teams in 2006.
Keynote speakers at the event will be Olympic and World 100m Champion Donovan Bailey and World Indoor sprint champion Juliet Campbell of Jamaica.