Today’s Editorial for March 31: Take part in the Games

The Cayman Islands has a chance to
shine this weekend when the CARIFTA Games come to our shores.

The Truman Bodden Sports Complex on
Stadium Drive in George Town will be the venue where hundreds of young people
from all across the Caribbean region will show their best efforts in track and
field.

Make sure you don’t miss out. Many
future Olympians have come out of the CARIFTA Games.

Those attending this weekend’s
events, which begin Saturday and go through Monday, could just see history in
the making.

 The Caymanian Compass decided to be a sponsor
of the Games because we think they are extremely important.

The Games give our own athletes a
chance to shine and show their best and they give us a chance to take a gander
at all the talent within our Caribbean region.

The Games also give us a chance to
rally as a community and offer support to our own athletes.

It is so important that we get to
the sports complex this weekend and show our united support for our Caymanian
athletes.

The
Games have produced a plethora of world record holders and world track and
field champions and stars over the years inclusive of Usain Bolt, Kim Collins,
Darrel Brown, Pauline Davis-Thompson, Merlene Ottey, Obadele Thompson, Debbie
Ferguson, Cydonie Mothersill, Kareem Streete-Thompson, Alleyne Francique, Veronica
Campbell, Marie Jose-Perec, Meleanie Walker, just to name a few. More than 30
Olympic Games medalists can trace their origins to the CARIFTA Games.

This
will be the second time the Games are going to be hosted in the Cayman Islands.
They were last here in 1995 when our own Mothersill, as well as others, wowed
the crowds.

The
stadium has a seating capacity of 4,500. It is our hope that the stands are
filled each day the Games are being contested.

Unfortunately the Games take place
over our long Easter Weekend when many people typically travel off island and
when many will be camping.

However, a caycompass.com
poll done last week showed that most people are staying home for Easter this
year. That’s good. That means you can come out and support our talented
athletes and cheer them on to victory. And be sure to wear blue, our country’s
colour of choice and the one organisers are strongly suggesting. Enjoy!

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