All medals special

The 21st Anniversary celebration of Special Olympics Cayman Islands has been a great success this week with record numbers, family members and other supporters coming out to the competitions.

Rachel Ebanks

Rachel Ebanks competing in the assisted 25m.

Here are selected highlights of the week’s competition so far. On Saturday was the opening ceremony for the National Games Competition and Week of Awareness at the newly refurbished Truman Bodden Sports’ Complex.

Penny McDowall as one of the 40 Exemplary Coaches chosen by Special Olympics International from the 250,000 coaches worldwide and Susan Whittaker Caribbean Coach of the Year 2008 chosen by the board of Special Olympics Caribbean from coaches in the 23 member countries that make up SOC.

Athletics competition consisted of track events – runs and walks and field events – the softball throw.

Highlights included the Division 1 Males 50 metres walk where Macke Smith won gold in a time 20.14 seconds just beating Hamish Woods who gained silver with a time of 21.28secs.

Oral Power rounded out the medal standings with a time 30.53secs for bronze. Sean Gray and Covey Ebanks placed fourth and fifth respectively.

For the Women’s Division 1, 100 m walk the gold went to Elena Ow with a time 45.63secs, Tessa Terry silver at 48.56secs and Mary Hurlston for bronze with 51.18secs. Fourth place to Anna Jackson with a time of 52.89secs and fifth went to Chalice Smith with a time 56.64s

On Sunday, athletes, family members, board members and friends were warmly welcomed to the Frank Sound Church of God to take part in their Worship Service. SOCI Athlete Andrew Smilley read the lesson and SOCI Chairman Eric Crutchley had a few words for the congregation on the importance of family support. After a rousing sermon by Pastor Ellen Peguero, the church treated the athletes and their families to lunch.

On Monday the Bocce competition were at the new courts at the TBSC.

In the singles final Sean Gray gained gold with 10 points over Chalice Smith who won silver.

Mark Ebanks got silver and Solomon Webster won gold in the singles finals competition.

In the doubles Mitchell ‘Mackie’ Smith and John White fought hard but took home silver, losing to Covey Ebanks and Oral Powery who took gold medals in this event.

In the aquatics competition on Tuesday at the Lions Pool there were 15 events plus the demonstration medley by SOCI athlete Andrew Smiley. Competition was fierce and the number of supporters present for the competition was the highest so far this week.

Solomon Webster, Andrew Hayles and Hamish Wood were first, second and third respectively in the 50m freestyle.

In the women’s 25m free style Finita Ebanks took gold, Chloe Andrade silver and Vanessa Williams bronze.

Wednesday’s events were at the Lighthouse School with the demonstration of football skills by the younger athletes.

Yesterday the basketball demonstration was at the First Baptist gym.