Kids swing their sticks at Brittania

With their favourite hockey shirts
and hats — and a few with hockey sticks — many local youth hockey players
took to the links this month.

The “family fun and fundraising” event
was hosted by the Cayman Islands Youth Roller Hockey Club at Britannia. In
total, the tournament attracted 30 families (teams) including 65 children, many
of whom play in the local youth roller hockey league at Kings Sports
Centre. 

Hockey player, parent and coach
Dave Champoux first had the idea of staging a family golf fun competition last
year as a way to raise money for the club and raise awareness of the youth
roller hockey program operated at King’s. 

Champoux, also an avid golfer
stated “Our first family golf tournament last year was such a resounding success
that we decided to make it an annual event. 

“We were looking for a novel way to
bring many hockey families together for a fun afternoon as well as raise awareness
about youth hockey in the Cayman Islands. 

“The tournament was great fun and
many families got to know each other a little better outside of the usual excitement
at their children’s hockey games.” 

The golf tournament was a simple,
fun format including the 10-second rule (get the ball back on the tee in 10
seconds for do-over) which appealed to many of the beginner and not so beginner
golfers.  

Some of the young competitors used
hockey sticks off the tee boxes in favour of their much smaller golf driver
counterparts.   Teams played five holes
in addition to a longest drive competition.

The long drive competition showcased
some of the up and coming junior golf talent on the Island
including Jack “Golden Bear” McGregor who at only eight years of age, recorded
the longest drive of the day at 112 yards with a mighty swing. Also, Kai Walker
made an impressive rookie debut after being shown how to hold the golf club and
then stepping up to record the longest drive in her 12U division.

Other notable winners were Team
Champoux (Pineapple Cup champs), Team Walker (girls’ champs) and Team Cummings
(Pee Wee champs).

In addition, as players headed for
the clubhouse following their golf game, they were greeted by kilt-clad hockey
coach Nigel Windsor who introduced the children to some unconventional but very
fun games on the links involving hockey sticks and pool toys. The event was
followed by dinner and prize-giving. 

Champoux organized the event with a
great deal of support and assistance from Britannia Golf Professional Dave
Johnson, Brent Weimer and restaurant manager Noelle Kelly who provided the star
attraction of the afternoon when the ice cream sundae station was rolled out after
dinner.  

Several volunteers from the hockey
club coaches and volunteers including Amy Arnold, Bill Everson, Christine Maltman
and Pam Thompson were also instrumental in staging the event and raising
funds. 

The club would like to especially
thank the following companies for their generous donations which helped make
this family event a huge success: 
Paperman’s Coffee House, The Security Centre Ltd., Cimboco, Chicken Chicken,
Breezes by the Bay, Casanova, The Games Store at Grand Harbour, Black Pearl,
Agave Grill, Kings Sports Centre, Flow, Dairy Queen, and Britannia Golf Course.

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