Airline salutes U17s

Cayman Airways gave the Cayman
Islands National Under-17 Girls an airborne reception for their brilliant
performance at the recently held CONCACAF Under-17 Women’s Championship held in
San Jose, Costa Rica.

In an historic run for a place in
the World Cup finals the Cayman Islands finished sixth in the qualifying rounds
of the CONCACAF championships from a total of 38 countries in the competition.

Never before, in the history of
Cayman football has any other team male or female ever reached that level of

During the flight home from Costa
Rica the crew led by Captain Steven Coe, First Officer Chris Witt, Flight
attendants Ava Smith, Rose Gadsby, Magdalena Ebanks and Nicola Walsh gave the
Caymanian ambassadors and the entire delegation a special welcome and surprised
them with gifts of Cayman Airways model airplanes and round trip tickets to any
Cayman Airways destinations of their choice.

President of Cayman Islands
Football Association Jeffrey Webb said: “I take great delight in thanking the
Board of Directors, management and staff of the Cayman Airways for their gifts
and the hospitality they showed to the team on their way back from their
historic journey,”Webb said.

“This type of recognition I am sure
will remain in their memories for the rest of their lives. It will also serve
as a motivating factor to every young woman on the islands who has in interest
in the game of football.

“The girls did tremendously well
and deserved every minute of this recognition.”

Team captain Brianna Hydes thanked
the airline. She said: “I thank Cayman Airways and their staff for their
support in acknowledging our team. They made us feel extremely special on our
return flight.

“Thanks for the gifts and how they
acknowledged the staff, coaches and parents as well. I hope this is the start
of a long and lasting relationship between the football association and the

The full squad was Emily Kelly,
Chelsea Greene, Kaela Ebanks, Xotchilt Watler, Tacita Berry, Briana Hydes,
Shanice Monteith, Shanelle Frederick, Alyssa Chin, Brittany Mobley, Nikki
Ebanks, Marissa McLaughlin, Ashley Borde, Chelsea Bush, Jasmin Ebanks, Jetena
Bodden, Chelsea Brown and Monique Roberts.

The staff members were Martha Godet
Head of Delegation, Bobby McLaren Head Coach, Technical Director Thiago Cunha,
Manager Gloria Gall, Equipment Manager Annette Monteith, Physio Al Bartice and
Press Officer Beverly Melbourne.

The Under-17 girls after going down
7-0 to hosts Costa Rica and 13-0 to the world’s number one team USA came back
to win their final game 1-0 against Haiti.

Alyssa Chin’s 88th minute goal made
the difference. When both team met during the preliminary stages it was Haiti
who defeated Cayman 1-0 in Port au Prince.

For more on the CIFA competitions
or other CIFA events contact the CIFA office at 949-5775, email [email protected]
or [email protected] or log on