Carifta inspires the champs

If Cayman’s top junior athletes needed any more motivation to train hard for next year’s Carifta Games, they certainly got it two weeks ago.

That’s when the official announcement was made that Cayman will host the Games here over the Easter weekend, 3-5 April.

All roads will lead to the Truman Bodden Sports Complex.

Travis Webb, 17, is a Carifta veteran in long jump and high jump having already competed in three. His best achievement so far is a bronze in the Under-17 high jump last year in St Kitts.

‘I’m very excited,’ Webb said. ‘When I heard that the Carifta Games were taking place here I was very surprised. I’ll be trying my best and hope to do well in front of my home crowd. I hope to get two medals and a personal record in both events.’

Chantelle Morrison, is 16 in January. She is possibly the fastest 15-year-old in the world right now. She took bronze in the girls’ U-17 100 metres earlier this year and hopes to grab gold in front of her fans.

‘I’m very excited,’ Morrison said. ‘The Jamaican girls who beat me this year will be in the U-20s next time. This means a lot to people in Cayman. At last they get to see how we actually perform because most of the time they can’t be there when we go away.’

Chantelle’s mother Olive Morrison is extremely proud of her sprint starlet.

‘I’ve only seen Chantelle in little meets in Cayman because most of her big ones are overseas,’ she said. ‘Due to I have to work, I can’t make it most of the time so I miss out a lot.

‘This is Chantelle’s turf so she has to dominate it. We’re so proud of her and we’re looking forward to seeing all that we’ve missed out on and everybody is so excited. All her friends and family will be there. We live in Newlands but the Savannah posse will be out and the George Town people… all over!’