In spite of the global recession
Cayman continues to be an acclaimed spot for sports celebrities. The latest to
sing Cayman’s praises is Vince Carter.
Carter, 33, was on these shores
last week as part of the Orlando Magic basketball camp. Put on by the Cayman
Islands Basketball Association (under the watchful eyes of president Bryan
Hunter) the camp ran over five days at the Arts and Recreation Centre at Camana
The Olympic gold medallist arrived
on the island mid-week and came for the tail-end of the camp. He stayed on over
the weekend to enjoy the scenery and practice his golf swing. Carter states it
was a great trip.
“This was my first time in Cayman
though my mom had come before. It was great, very quiet and relaxing. I don’t
vacation much but it was a great trip. One thing I loved there is the people
let you be yourself. On every trip I try to be myself. I really liked the fact
that people don’t hound you there like in the States.”
For the slam dunk maestro, the
Cayman camp is one of many stops on his summer basketball schedule. He states
he liked being at the Cayman camp, with the 70 odd kids, as much as the others.
“I enjoy all the basketball camps I
attend, regardless of where it is. I was at a couple this summer and I
regularly hold my own. Being here is about the kids and providing basketball
wisdom to them while getting them to ask questions.”
The starting guard/forward for the
Orlando Magic was the featured NBA star at this year’s camp. Last year former
Magic great Nick Anderson was here for the inaugural edition. On both occasions
the players were joined by a collection of youth coaches from Florida.
Carter went on say that the level
of basketball talent in Cayman is good.
“These young kids are at a
development stage. If they take their skills to a high level and take advantage
of the opportunities they’ll be ok. They have to practice and learn everyday
though because at the end of the day it’s all about putting in the work and the