Pooling their Olympic best

The Cayman contingent at the Youth
Olympics in Singapore has settled in and is enjoying the Village atmosphere.

“There is a lot going on with all
of the Culture and Education Programme activities, movie theatre, pool hall and
Olympic Gallery,” said Chef de Mission Heather Roffey. “The athletes have the
opportunity to meet others their age from 204 different nations around the
globe. The World Cultural Village is a great place for everyone, athletes and
officials, to learn about all of the nations taking part in the inaugural Youth
Olympic Games. The Cayman team is excited to see what East View Primary and
Secondary School will have on display in their Cayman Islands booth opening in
The World Cultural Village on 20 August. East View has been working with Savannah
Primary each learning about Cayman and Singapore respectively.”

Roffey said Singapore put together
a fantastic show at the opening ceremony. The show started exactly at 20:10
after all of the athletes marched across the stage and took their seats in the
VIP section of the floating arena. With the Singapore financial district
skyline as the backdrop, the all youth cast had the audience on the edge of
their seats during the show. Seiji Groome carried the Cayman Islands flag into
the stadium shortly before the Olympic flag was raised and the Games were
officially declared open. The ceremony finished with the spectacular lighting
of the Youth Olympic Games torch.

The swimming events started on
Sunday. Lara Butler competed first in women’s 100 metres backstroke. She had a
strong race and finished in a personal best time of 1 minute 08.98 seconds.
Donald McLean, president of the Cayman Islands Olympic Committee, was impressed
with the Singapore Sports School swimming facility and is proud of Butler’s
achievement. She has a few days to rest and prepare for her next race, the 100m
butterfly, on Thursday.

Seiji Groome swam the 200m
individual medley on Monday in a personal best time of 2:16.84. His previous
best was a 2:18.21.

Groome is focused on his next race
in the men’s 200m breastroke on Wednesday. Groome is also determined to
complete The Culture and Education Programme and earn a limited edition
Singapore 2010 Swatch watch.

The Youth Olympic sailing events
begin on Tuesday. Lizzy Wauchope has had two days of training at the Singapore
National Sailing Centre and is completed the practice race on Monday. Wauchope
will compete in 16 races from Tuesday until 25 August against 31 other
countries in the Byte CII Class.

Roffey added: “The Cayman flag
looks great out on the water check out some of the pictures posted on the
Cayman Islands Sailing Club and National Sailing Centre’s Facebook Page.”

* Keep track of our athletes’
performances and see pictures from the Opening Ceremony on the Singapore 2010
website www.singapore2010.sg 

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Wauchope has a busy sailing schedule.
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