The Ministry of Sports has once again given full support for Cayman’s young sailors with a $20,000 sponsorship for Race Cayman 2010.
With the cash they will be able to prepare better for the 2010 Byte CII Midwinter and North American Championships and Youth Olympic Games qualifier for North America and the Caribbean that Cayman is hosting in March.
The race is next year’s regional qualifier for the Youth Olympic Games.
The event will see North American and Caribbean teams competing here.
In addition to this one-off sponsorship, the ministry has also increased its annual grant to the sailing club for its school training courses. This sport development programme gives government primary school students a chance to try at sailing.
‘The wellbeing of our youth is high on our agenda and creating opportunities for them to learn new skills, participate and build confidence, is one of the best ways to help them,’ said Minister of Sport Mark Scotland.
Calling the sailing programme ‘a great success,’ he said that last year, well over 500 students had participated.
‘While all sports are important, sailing is particularly close to our hearts in Cayman.
‘Being on the water is an important part of our culture and we have a proud maritime past. Sailing also produced our first Olympians in 1976 when Gerald Kirkconnell and Carson Ebanks competed, with Peter Milburn as an alternate.
‘The emphasis is on participation, but we are also constantly looking for our next Olympians.’