Kids lift more than men

Most people might barely take notice of any mention of weight lifting.

In fact most might be at a loss for words if talk turned to the practice as a sport.

However news of a Cayman team doing well at an international event may soon change those feelings.

Last week five young muscle-men were in Miami, Florida for the Pan-American and North American Power Lifting Championship.

Out of a field of 244 strong men representing 18 countries Cayman walked away with nine medals: six golds, two silvers and one bronze.

In addition the Cayman junior team accumulated enough points to earn the overall team trophy in the sub-junior section.

Among the countries Cayman beat out were the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico (traditional power-houses in the sport).

That success brings to light two amazing oddities. Two of the boys, who are not even 18 yet, executed a 470lb dead-lift. Moreover the team of youngsters just got into the sport roughly two months ago.

The Cayman competitors consisted of Jameal Welcome (15), Chris Myles (15), Juan Tena (16), Kenrick McField (17) and Tony McInetry (who is in his late 30s).

David Pattaway served as head coach for the group along with Cayman Islands Power-Lifting Organization President Rex Whittaker.