The Cayman track and field scene is flourishing and coaches Kenrick Williams and Tyrone Yen are thankful for additional help from a recent new arrival.
Coach Beran Bloomfield has been here just over a from the US and willingly gives plenty of his spare time – without pay – to help coach youngsters.
‘When I arrived on the island about a year and a half ago I realised I wanted to participate in track and field as a past athlete myself,’ he says.
‘I used to run in college sprints 100 and 200 metres. I was a below average runner but I realised I could transition those skills and help in a coaching capacity. So I found coach Kenrick and he took me under his wing.’
Bloomfield is a trust administrator for Caledonian. He has his Level One US track and field certification and intends to get his Level One IAAF certification here.
‘On the track and field side I wanted to help the programme and still learn from Kenrick. Last year he asked me help Stephon Johnson and Christopher Sampson to help free him up in the afternoons. I would work a couple of hours so that he could do some other things. Chris has just left junior level and is going into the seniors.’
Bloomfield can coach a variety of disciplines. ‘I would call myself a utility person. I can coach sprints and long jump but I’m not too proficient on the high jump, javelin and the other throws.
‘The Cayman track scene is very good. For such a small population, looking at the numbers of the guys, these guys can put up a show anywhere in the world. We have a team just left for India. The numbers speak for themselves.
‘Just looking from the financial aspect, to see two Caymanians get to the Beijing Olympics is remarkable. And the fact that Cydonie got to the 200m final and can boast that she is the eighth fastest woman in the world in 2008 is great.’
He is enthused by the fact that coach Williams is concentrating on brining on children so that by the time they reach their teens they have a strong foundation.
‘I think the plan that coach Williams has, plus Tyrone, plus my input wherever I can, if I can give 10 hours a week, that will free up the others so that they can concentrate on fine tuning the more experienced athletes.’
Bloomfield sees a bright future for Cayman track. ‘I think over the next eight and 12 years, two or three more Olympics, I think we could have a lot more athletes going to the Games.’