Cayman’s Special Olympians showed
their mettle this month during the Special Olympics Latin American Regional
Games in Puerto Rico. The athletes brought
home thirteen medals, seven of them gold.
Swimmer Andrew Smilley won the 100m
individual medley and 400m freestyle, runner Cindy Whittaker was first in the
100m and 200m sprint and won her shot put (3kg) event, Solomon Webster took
gold in the individual bocce event and Leon Lambert won gold for his shot put
Their success made many proud, including
the Hon. Minister for Sports Mark Scotland.
“We are very proud of our athletes’
performances. Not only are they proving
that Cayman is a Special Olympics powerhouse in the region, they are also role
models for us all,” Scotland
Special Olympics Cayman Islands sponsored
a 14-person delegation to this year’s games. The ten athletes, three coaches
and delegation head Ms. Antoinette Johnson, participated in preparation for the
2011 Special Olympics Summer World Games in Greece.
Their next big event will be the
Cayman Islands National Games, to be held 5 June this year at the Truman Bodden
For Cayman Special Olympics National
Director Kim Landry Puerto Rico is the start of more success.
“We are extremely pleased with all
our athletes. The exposure and experience that the team gained in Puerto Rico will assist them in future regional and
global competitions,” Landry said.
“Our athletes rely on support from volunteers,
sponsors, friends, family and their communities and we hope to see everyone
filling the stands this summer.”