Celebs enjoy coming here

As these pages will tell many popular faces came to Cayman with a link to the local sports scene.

This reporter got a chance to meet many well known names. Five of those people who stand out are Chris Gayle, Jerome Taylor, Kenneth Benjamin, Shaun White and Tanya Streeter.

White was the first of those celebrities to grace these shores back in June for the Black Pearl summer skateboarding camp called Skate Cayman.

‘The Flying Tomato’, as he is often called, was here along with his mom, dad and sister to take in all the usual Cayman hotspots plus perform some neat tricks at the Black Pearl skate-park.

White, 22, attracted a number of kids from around Cayman including students from Prospect and Red Bay primary. His lasting impression on this reporter was the ability to be personable, down-to-earth and display a great passion for skateboarding.

After him came three of the biggest names in West Indies cricket in Gayle, Taylor and Benjamin.

The trio were here in September leading a number of coaching clinics at the behest of Digicel. All taught dozens of youngsters at the John A Cumber cricket pitch in West Bay and the Smith Road Oval in George Town.

They may have been here for a short time but all did well to connect with the youngsters and leave them with lasting tips and tricks in the sport.

Finally Streeter, one of the biggest names in the sport of free-diving, came here in November.

A born and bred Caymanian, Streeter returned home to do a photo-shoot with a local tourism publication and spend time with family for Pirates Week.

With her deep emotional connection to Cayman and pride in being a Caymanian this reporter can only hope more local athletes develop a similar passion for these islands.

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