Youth Olympians will make a splash

Singapore is hosting the inaugural
Youth Olympic Games and the Cayman Islands has three competitors there.

]The Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic
Games received some 5,000 athletes and officials from the 205 National Olympic
Committees, along with around 1200 media representatives, 20,000 local and international
volunteers, and more than 370,000 spectators. Athletes aged between 14 and 18
years are competing in 26 sports and taking part in culture and education
programmes.

The Games, which run until 26
August, aims to inspire youth around the world to embrace, embody and express
the Olympic values of excellence, friendship and respect. It will create a
lasting sports, culture and education legacy for Singapore and youths from
around the world, as well as enhance and elevate the sporting culture locally
and regionally.

The Cayman Islands Olympic
Committee has sent a team to compete in sailing and swimming. The team is led
by a young Chef de Mission Heather Roffey, a previous Cayman national athlete
and Olympian in swimming. Coach Dominic Ross is managing swimmers Lara Butler
(women’s 100 metres backstroke and women’s 100m butterfly) and Seije Groome
(men’s 200m breaststroke and men’s 200m individual medley). Coach Michael Weber
is managing sailor Elizabeth Wauchope (girls byte). Olympic Committee President
Donald McLean is at the Games to support the team.

The Cayman pins are once again
proving to be a very popular item to exchange and collect. There are two pins
that have been designed by a local young artist, Kaitlyn Elphinstone, who was
also a Cayman national athlete. One pin depicts a school of fish, and the other
is set in the pattern of a turtle shell with baby turtles adorning the shell.

The main focus of these Games is
not so much winning but the culture and education aspects which all athletes
will be expected to participate in. Many activities are planned and more
information is available on the Games website at www.singapore2010.sg.

Athlete results will earn points
for their continental region, and relays will be set to allow athletes from
different countries to participate for their continent. The overall winner of
the Games will be a continent and not a country.

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