As hundreds of the region’s
athletes prepare to compete in the 2010 CARIFTA Games in Grand Cayman over the
Easter weekend, a number of local athletes are sure to give the home crowd much
to cheer about.
Twenty-five local athletes have
made the Cayman squad and will have the support of the entire country when they
compete in the CARIFTA Games 3-5 April.
“We wish them the very best, and
ask only that they give their best efforts, and in doing so we will be proud of
this team regardless of the results,” said track and field head coach Kenrick
“It is important that we encourage
them, and I am grateful for the opportunity to help develop athletics in the
One of Cayman’s most decorated
athletes is Alexandra Terry, a past medallist in many regional and
Coached by Williams, Terry, 18,
will be competing in her third CARIFTA in the discus and javelin.
She resides in George Town, attends
Cayman Prep and High School and has previously won two silver medals at the
CARIFTA Games in 2006 and 2007; two silvers at the NatWest Island Games in 2007
and 2009 and one gold at the CAC Track and Field Championships in 2006.
Other athletes with immense
potential include Chantelle Morrison, Travis Webb, Alexander Pascal, Andrew
Frederick, Jorel Alphanso Bellafonte, Ashleigh Nalty and Joseph Suberan.
Morrison claimed Cayman’s only
medal at the 2009 CARIFTA Games with a bronze in the 100 metres with a time of
11.69 seconds in the girls under-17.
This year she is competing in the
U-17 100m and 200m in front of a home crowd and is determined to make use of
the energy that this will generate.
Morrison, 16, is coached by Tyrone
Yen. She has great potential and works on every facet of improving her times.
She is a student at John Gray High School and is one of the squad’s hardest
Travis Webb, 17, lives in Bodden
Town. He was the sole medallist for the Cayman Islands at the CARIFTA Games in
2008, where he won a bronze in the boys high jump U-17. Coached by Tyrone Yen,
he too is a medal favourite in the high and long jump.
Webb has achieved a personal best
of 2.03 metres in the high jump and 6.83 metres in the long jump. He also
represented Cayman Iat the world youth championships in Italy in 2009.
Alexander Pascal is 15 and a
student at John Gray. Pascal is coached by Williams and this is his first
CARIFTA Games, in the javelin.
He is an exciting young athlete to
watch, and he achieved a personal best in the javelin last Saturday with a throw
of 50.4 meters. He is improving at a rapid rate.
Andrew Frederick, 16, from Cayman
Brac, attends the Cayman Brac High School.
Competing in his second CARIFTA
Games, he just missed a medal in the shot put, finishing fourth at last year’s
Games in St Lucia.
He is coached by Flynn Bush and
appears stronger this year. His throws have improved, making him one of
Cayman’s hopeful medallists.
Jorel Alphanso Bellafonte is
another hardworking athlete and attends Calabar High School in Jamaica where he
currently trains. He has represented Cayman at the youth level in the past and
aged 15 is competing in his first CARIFTA Games.
Bellafonte is coached by Michael
Clarke and is competing in the 800m and 1500m. His training schedule is very
demanding but for Bellafonte, it’s all about doing his best and having fun. He
has achieved a personal best of 1 minute 58 seconds in the 800m and 4:21 in the
1500m so could be in the medals.
Ashleigh Nalty is competing in the high
and long jumps and 400m. She is 16 and is coached by Yen. Nalty grabbed gold at
the 2009 NatWest Island Games in the high jump and has done very well
representing Cayman at youth level. She too is capable of grabbing glory.
Joseph Suberan is another athlete
with great potential. He received a gold in the 4x100m relay at the NatWest Island
games in 2009 and he represented the Cayman Islands at the Youth Commonwealth
Games in Mumbai India two years ago.
He is an 18-year-old student
attending UCCI, and is competing in the 100m and 200m. Suberan is coached by
Williams and has achieved a personal best of 10.6secs in the 100m and 21.1secs
in the 200m so could medal too. Kevin/CARIFTA