Special time for great athletes

Cayman’s Special Olympics athletes are flexing their muscles in all sorts of activities this week.

Under the respectful eye of Minister of Health and Sport Mark Scotland they had an opening ceremony at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex on Saturday.

There was a parade of athletes, coaches and sports volunteers, then a raising of the Special Olympics flag by the Cadet Corps.

The entrance of the torch marking the ‘Flame of Hope’ was next with athlete Andrew Hayles running down the track with officers Henry McField and Gabe Rabess.

The national song was sung before a blessing by Reverend Donovan Myers.

Eric Crutchley, MBE, and chairman of Cayman’s Special Olympics gave a welcome speech before Scotland officially opened it.

There were presentations of awards to coaches Nicole Thompson and Penny McDowall before Solomon Webster gave the athlete’s oath and things finally got under way.

They competed in all manner of events before an athlete’s sleepover at Prospect Youth Centre.

There was a worship service at Frank Sound Church of God on Sunday.

Yesterday was a bocce competition and today there’s aquatic competition at the Lions Pool from 5.30pm.

Tommorow there’s football at the Lighthouse School, basketball on Thursday at First Baptist Church and a closing event at Dark Park on Friday at 5pm.