Cayman’s youngest track athletes are off island this weekend to compete in the Caribbean Union of Teachers Track & Field Championships.
Twenty-nine of them will be in Tortola, British Virgin Islands thanks to the generous assistance of the government and a number of private sector organisations.
The team will be attempting to improve on its sixth overall placing both in medal count and points from the 2006 Championships.
It was given invaluable financial support from the Cayman Islands government as well as from the following business entities: Bing & Karin Thompson, Financial Integrated Services, Health Care Pharmacy, Hew’s Janitorial, Island Paving, Motor & General Insurance Company, NCB (Cayman), RVC Rehab, Sagicor General Insurance and Thompson Shipping.
Managed by Sana Tugman and coached by Tyrone Yen and Harcourt Wason, the team will return on Monday.
Cayman Islands Amateur Athletics President, H. Delroy Murray, expressed heartfelt appreciation and thanks for the assistance.
He said: ‘These youngsters are provided with an opportunity to test their undoubted talent against athletes of their own age grouping in what is fast becoming the top athletic region in the world.’
Two years ago the team garnered 12 medals at the Championships in St. Lucia and produced two age-group Champions in Chantelle Morrison and Jouri Haylock.
Murray believes that despite the shortened preparation time for the group he expects them to surpass the 2006 medal and points tally.
The team leave at the same time as their senior counterparts who head out to Toluca, Mexico to compete in the NACAC Under-23 Track & Field Championships, where Cayman will be represented by Tyrell Cuffy, Rhymiech Adolphus, Carl Morgan, Carlos Morgan and Perry Anglin.
This squad will be managed by Elizabeth Ibeh and coached by John-Paul Clarke. They too will return on Monday.
Toluca is located approximately one hour from Mexico City, and at an altitude of 9,000 feet, is the highest city in the country of Mexico. Middle and long distance athletes unused to competing at such high altitude are going to find it difficult.