Youngsters shine at Maples meet

Local athletics has put on a
plethora of meets lately.

All have a view towards the Carifta
Games in April and many have a serious tone with all eyes searching for Cayman’s
next Carifta participant.

 Last Friday’s Maples Interscholastic Meet had
the same vibe among the organizing officials but for the kids it appeared much
more relaxed.

Many of the young people enjoyed
themselves cheering in the stands of the Truman Bodden Sports Complex. Though
spectator turnout on the whole was surprisingly minimal, school pride was
clearly showcased.

Youngsters stomped their feet,
hollered for their school mates and gladly took in a day’s worth of action
featuring roughly 300 student athletes.

Those competitors even made time to
socialize on the track (when they were not in action of course).

The youngsters had plenty of events
to do with the long jump, high jump, shot-put and 100m among the areas on

Organizing the meet was the
Department of Sports which had a number of staff at the complex including
national athletics coach Kenrick Williams, sportsman Ronnie Roach and department
head and recent Young Caymanian Leadership Award winner Collin Anglin.

Leading up to the meet the
department indicated the meet could foster healthy competition amongst the
various secondary schools across the Cayman Islands,
increase the number of high school sports competitions and provide extra incentive
for aspiring athletes to excel in sports and education.

Friday’s participants represented
12 secondary schools in New Horizons High, Leading Edge High, Heritage High,
Pace High, Triple C, Cayman Prep, St. Ignatius, Lighthouse, Cayman International
School, John Gray High, Grace Christian
Academy and Cayman Brac

At press time meet results were not
available. Numerous awards were on offer for the meet including notebook
personal computers. The prizes were made possible by sponsors Maples and Calder.