Jet Around goers love World Cup

With
the 2010 World Cup running toward its latter stages, football fans are all over
Cayman. This reporter ran into two of them at last week’s Jet Around Cayman jet
ski race.

Gary
Mullings is an Argentina fan and is pleased with the side’s performance in
Group B. Thanks to 1-0 and 4-1 victories over Nigeria and South Korea, the
South Americans have all but wrapped up a spot in the round of 16.

Mullings
states Argentina, which plays its final group game against Greece on Tuesday,
is more than just Lionel Messi.

“Argentina
is the team to be carrying in the World Cup,” Mullings said. “Messi is the best
but it’s more than just him. I don’t think one player makes the team.”

The
born-and-bred Caymanian has a strong link to football. He plays indoor
five-a-side football, donned the blue kits for Azzuri in this year’s Caybrew
Sunday Football League and at one point played for Academy Football Club.
Outside of football his passion is for water sports. He avidly follows power
boat racing, especially team Power Play at the annual Million Dollar Run.

At
Jet Around he was on his boat Power Play along with race officials and this
reporter at the finish line. Mullings and company would see three riders from
Guadeloupe claim the top spots in Christopher Lycoan, Vincent Thomas and
Vincent Karam. Alongside Mullings and company was South African Nicholas
Adendorff.

In
spite of not being in his home country to catch the games, the young man says
he enjoys being here catching Jet Around Cayman and rooting on the teams
instead.

“I’ve
been to three Jet Arounds and I love it,” Adendorff said. “Being here in the
sun taking it all in is the best part. I love it here, everyday watching the
World Cup. It’s great to be here especially because people have it good here.
There’s sun, beaches and the World Cup on TV.

“Of
course I’m a Bafana Bafana supporter because it goes back to my roots. Although
at the same time Germany and Spain are my top teams. I think Spain will win to
be honest. I don’t have a favourite player but I love all the guys on the
England team.”

For
more on the World Cup log on to the Compass website at
http://www.compasscayman.com/worldcup/

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