Last weekend was a time for colourful uniforms and ecstatic young people.
Both were seen at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex at the opening netball uniform parade.
The parade, put on by the Cayman Islands Netball Association in conjunction with the Department of Youth and Sports, signalled the start of the 2009-2010 local netball season.
All of the pageantry got under way on time and saw over 15 teams come out to march down the track.
Some 80 people cheered on the girls from the stands, which already boast signs indicating the stadium as the home of next year’s Carifta Games.
The sides were led out by the Cayman Islands Cadet Corps along with commentary from masters of ceremonies Cheryl Glasgow and netball association president Lucille Seymour.
Among the more notable teams was the Cayman Brac netball club. Donned in their yellow outfits the girls looked sharp in the sea of colours on the track.
The side was sponsored by Cayman Brac Power and Light along with the Sports Association of the Sister Islands. For their efforts the girls were a top finisher in their age group.
Then again few clubs drew attention as quickly as Red Bay Primary. From their brilliant red kits with yellow stripes to their artistic banner there was so much to take in.
Once all the teams had marched in the girls would take their places and wait to be judged by a host of faces in and around the Cayman sports scene.
Among the more significant names were Dionne Anglin and football player Justin Pierre.
As usual the event drew a number of dignitaries as education luminary Herbert Crawford was present alongside local politicians Alden McLaughlin and Dwayne ‘John John’ Seymour (who is also Lucille Seymour’s nephew).
Dwayne, who stood in for Sports Minister Mark Scotland, gave an interesting speech that mentioned the impact of sports.
‘Minister Scotland has always been passionate about sports,’ Seymour said. ‘He firmly believes that this medium offers our young – and older – people creative outlets for their energy. In addition, sport builds the type of character that leads to success in life.’
One of the more fascinating aspects Seymour brought up was the availability of additional government funding for netball in Cayman.
‘Providing sporting opportunities for all is part of the Sport Ministry’s vision to create social and physical environments in which people can be healthy and lead quality lives,’ Seymour said. ‘In order to attain this goal, the ministry focuses on building stronger partnerships with sports organizations, right across the board.
‘On behalf of the Minister, I give you (the local netball fraternity) an open invitation to discuss your Association’s needs with him. It is important that we come together to cultivate and support our local sport talent.’