Today’s Editorial for August 1: Country behind our four Olympians

The excitement of sending four of our top athletes to the Olympic Games in Beijing came to a climax Wednesday evening when the good people of North Side showed Ronald Forbes just how proud he has made district residents.

Ronald is the first athlete from North Side to go to an Olympics event.

Joining Ronald at the games will be Brett Fraser, Shaune Fraser and Cydonie Mothersill.

They’ll be part of the 10,500 athletes who are expected to participate in the Summer Games.

That a country as small as the Cayman Islands has four athletes attending the Games is astounding and a testament to our young athletes.

The Olympic Games are the world’s largest pageant of athletic skill and competitive spirit.

By taking part in the games, our four athletes are truly going to be ambassadors for the Cayman Islands and help put us on the map for the whole world to see.

It’s expected Beijing will get 550,000 international visitors and 2.4 million domestic spectators.

It is estimated that 3,000,000,000 will watch the games worldwide.

The spirit of the Olympics it to build a peaceful and better world that requires mutual understanding with a spirit of friendship, solidarity and fair play.

We are assured our four athletes will go to the Games with that spirit in their minds and hearts.

A lot of people will be watching Cydonie, Ronald, Shaune and Brett as they give their best performances.

Many of those watching will be children who have the aspiration of being in the shoes of our athletes competing at the Games.

That will make our four Olympian role models. We’re sure they can meet the challenge.

Traveling with the athletes are members and supporters of the Cayman Islands Olympic Committee. They are to be thanked for their tireless work over the years. The committee was formed in 1973 and became officially recognised in 1976.

Its members have worked tirelessly to ensure our athletes make it to the Games and our country is represented.

We wish them luck as they do their work in Beijing.

And to our four athletes, we wish you more than luck. You’ve all got the skills to be winners at the games. Even if you return home empty handed of medals, know that your country is proud of each and every one of you.