Track star Cydonie Mothersill had one of her best years in 2008 despite niggling injuries hampering her ability to race.
Mothersill, 30, still managed to reach the final of the 200 metres at the Olympic Games in Beijing.
So fittingly, she was voted Sports Person of the Year at the National Heroes Day parade on Monday.
She was in serious training in Florida so couldn’t attend the parade but mum Angela Whittaker was there to collect the award.
Mothersill said: ‘I was truly sad that I couldn’t be home to collect it. I feel greatly honoured and very happy because there are a lot of young athletes in Cayman too.
‘In Beijing I didn’t do as well as I wanted to. It was my fourth and I felt the first one, Atlanta, didn’t count because I just went for the experience.
‘But for this one I had a plan and it was to run smart and not fast.’
Mothersill, 30, came eighth in the final which is a significant achievement considering injuries hampered her preparations throughout the year.
‘The next Olympics are a long way off and I don’t know if I’ll still be around but I’m definitely aiming for the world championships this year in Berlin.
‘My training is going well and I’m really focused. What I want to do as an athlete is just do my best.’
She is unlikely to be back in Cayman until March and will not race until the end of April or early May and then it’ll be in relays. ‘The Kansas relay is one I’ll definitely do.’
Mothersill is keen to compete in her homeland now that the expensive rebuilding of the track at Truman Bodden is complete.
‘I’m still looking forward to racing at home. I haven’t competed there since 1995 and it would be great on the new track which is so well equipped.
‘The other youngsters deserve to compete there too, so I’m sending out a plea to say let’s work together to put on a meet. We’ve got beautiful facilities now and that would be the next step.’