The Cayman Islands CARIFTA track and field team was presented to the media last Wednesday at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex prior to their departure for the 39th CARIFTA Games, which were held in St. Lucia over the Easter weekend.
Assisting Rayle Roberts, President of the Cayman Islands Athletic Association with the presentation were Angela Martins, Chief Officer for the Ministry of Education, Training, Employment, Youth, Sports and Culture, Richard Hew, CUC’s President and Chief Executive Officer, and Sana Tugman, CARIFTA Team Manager.
The team, captained by Alexandra Terry and Travis Webb, consisted of six male and six female athletes. Other female members were Chantelle Morrison, Melinda McLean, Gizelle Wright, Ashleigh Nalty and Anissa Owens.
The other male members were Andrew Frederick from the Brac, Mauricio Terry, Steven Reid, Joseph Suberan and Mitchell Forbes.
Roberts presented the team and commended the athletes for their dedication and hard work in achieving the qualifying times and distances.
He anticipated a good showing from the Cayman contingent as in previous years, and expressed the association’s appreciation to the coaches, parents and many volunteers who worked tirelessly in preparing the athletes for this important regional competition. Roberts thanked CUC and the Government for their continued support of athletics.
Following Angela Martins’ words of praise for the CIAA and encouragement for the athletes, Richard Hew congratulated the athletes on their achievements and urged them to always perform at their best. He then presented Roberts with the third installment of the Company’s Quadrennial.
In marking the occasion Hew said: ‘Our long relationship with the CIAA has produced regional and international champion athletes of whom we are extremely proud.
‘The greater pleasure however is knowing that for every champion produced there are hundreds of Caymanians who are better citizens today because they participated in the CIAA programme that built character in their developing years.
‘For this we congratulate and thank the CIAA Executive, its coaching staff and numerous volunteers and we look forward to continuing our relationship for many years to come.’
The team competed extraordinarily well in St. Lucia, with Morrison collecting a bronze medal in the Under-17 100m with a time of 11.68 seconds.
Other notable performances included a fourth place finish for Nalty in the Under-17 High Jump with a leap of 1.60m; Webb’s fourth place finish in the Under-20 Long Jump with a distance 6.73m; and Frederick’s fifth place finish in the Under-17 Shot Put with a distance of 11.94m.
Hew said: ‘CUC congratulates the team and we’re very proud to have played a supporting role in their development and achievements. With the promising results in the Under-17 and Under-20 divisions, we look forward to a bright future for track and field in the Cayman Islands.’