Swimmer Andrew Smilley has been taking part in Special Olympics since he was eight, competing in two Special Olympics World Summer Games – in Dublin Ireland in 2003 and in Shanghai China in 2007.
Now 19, Smilley is very experienced at international and regional competition as he is has also competed at the Carifta Games as part of the Cayman Islands national team.
As part of the Special Olympics Athlete Leadership Programme, he has also become a mentor and role model for those with and without intellectual challenges.
He now sits on the local Board of Directors for Special Olympics Cayman Islands as an athlete representative and participates in various public relations activities on behalf of the organisation. ‘Training, training. Training,’ he says is the key to success – in sport and in life.
When preparing for aquatics competition Smiley trains hard just about every day. He is a student at the Sunrise Adult Training Centre and also plays football, basketball and does track. But swimming is his first love. Well, swimming and X-Box 360 where he is the reigning champion of the swim team on all games!
Andrew will be doing a demonstration event as part of the Aquatics competition on Tuesday 8 June at the Lions Pool. He is asking the public to come out in numbers to support the SOCI athletes as they compete in their Annual National Games Competition.