Since Digicel launched in the Caribbean in 2001 it has supported sports in a big way, highlighted by sponsoring the West Indies cricket team.
Digicel in Cayman has made a big impact too. The Digicel Cup is at Stage 2 level in football at the moment and it has stamped its support on the Cayman Islands participation in the Commonwealth Youth Games too.
A group of Cayman athletes left for Pune, India last week and a Digicel employee, Richard Parchment is the Chef D Mission.
The third Commonwealth Youth Games are being held in Pune this week until Saturday.
Over 1,300 athletes and 350 officials from 71 countries are participating. There are nine sporting events – athletics, badminton, boxing, shooting, swimming, table tennis, tennis, weightlifting and wrestling.
The Commonwealth Youth Games serve as a trial event and run-up to the Commonwealth Games in 2010 in Delhi.
This is the first time the Cayman Islands are competing in these Games. Five girls and three boys under the age of 18 are competing in 100 metres, 200m, 100m relay, High Jump, Long Jump and Discuss. The team is managed by Sana Tugman and coached by Tyrone Yen.
Parchment has been actively involved in competitive sports at all levels for the past 27 years. He is a former President of the Cayman Islands Basketball Association and served as coach for the National Under-16 basketball team. He has served as Chairman of the Island Games Association for the past nine years.
‘Digicel would like to congratulate the Cayman Islands team on their debut in the Commonwealth Youth Games 2008. This represents a milestone for our islands,’ said Casandra Harris, Head of Marketing for Digicel Cayman. ‘Digicel is proud and confident that Richard Parchment will be leading the Cayman delegation to an outstanding performance in the games. Like Digicel, Mr. Parchment strives for the best,’ said Mrs. Harris.
Digicel launched in the Cayman Islands four years ago. The Cayman operation has grown to include 11 dealer stores and over 50 employees. It recently opened its flagship store in Camana Bay.
With investments exceeding US$25 million in the Cayman Islands, Digicel Cayman has introduced strong competition into the market.