Senior netball burst back onto the Cayman sports scene in a big way.
The Cayman Islands Netball Association Opening Ceremony and March Past Parade took place at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex on Saturday 22 November.
Forty one teams came out to take part in this very colourful and exciting event. The March Past was led by the Cadet Corps of the Cayman Islands.
In all, some 400 people came out to watch the festivities on the day.
CINA member Cheryl Glasgow and CINA President Lucille Seymour were two of the chief organizers of the event.
The parade saw teams that displayed exemplary behaviour, making their schools and the Cayman Islands very proud.
The Uniform parade displayed uniforms with various mixes of colours and ingenious designs.
A host of judges from all areas of the sporting community were in attendance to decide the winners.
Some of the more notable ones were George Hicks Physical Education teacher Cyril Gairy, national footballer Nikolai Hill and Youth Services Coordinator James ‘Jamo’ Myles.
Another big name assisting with the judging was Olympic track star Cydonie Mothersill.
By day’s end a host of prizes were awarded across eight sections.
In the U9 primary section, George Town came first, Prospect second and Bodden Town third.
George Town won the U11 primary section with North Side in second and John A Cumber in third.
In the U13 high school section Pace came first, New Horizons second and Leading Edge third.
In the U15 section Pace tied with New Horizons for first, Leading Edge came second and Cayman Prep finished third (prize donated by Mark Hennings).
John Gray High School Dynasty won the U16 section followed by Cayman Prep Velocity in second and Cayman Prep Tornados in third (prize donated by Mark Hennings).
In the U18 section JGHS Panthers came first, JGHS Cruisers second and JGHS Ballers third (prize donated by the Jean Pierre fund).
Storm Quick Cash won the adult open league, Bodden Town Eclipzers were second and Rising Stars were third.
Prizes for U9-U13 netball were donated by Admiral Administration, CNB gave for U15, British American for U16, Fidelity gave to U18 and CUC gave to the adult league.
Prizes were also awarded for volunteers. LIME (formerly Cable and Wireless) gave six cell phones, Westin Casuarina resort gave two prizes and Island Supply Co. Ltd gave eight turkeys.
The event also saw a variety of guest speakers.
One of the main speakers at the event was Mr. Joel Francis from the Ministry of Education, Training, Employment, Youth, Sports and Culture. He delivered a message from the Hon. Alden McLaughlin who expressed his support in netball.
Another address was given to the netballers by Dr. Luanna Lookloy, a past national netball player. Her address captured the hearts of the netballers, as she reflected on how she organized her life to play the sport and be a good student.
A graduate from John Gray High School, Dr. Lookloy did dancing, netball, play instruments and other activities.
CINA Treasurer Norma Ferryman felt the parade was a huge success.
‘This was the biggest turn-out in history. The uniforms were among the best in any sporting body. The prizes were well deserved and every team was a winner.
‘Teachers, parents, managers, coaches and sponsors went all out to make this event and excellent one.’