There are a few athletes in the Cayman Islands who have built the foundation for women’s sports in the Islands. One of them is Molly-Ann Cecelia Moore.
Her love of and dedication to sports and the many achievements she has gained are among the reasons she has been selected as one of the profiles for Honouring Women’s Month by Merta Day, Women’s Sports Coordinator.
“Sports are integral to women’s development and the values they teach, such as tenacity, courage and creativity assist women to realise their talents and potential. So it is important for us to highlight women in sports for Honouring Women Month,” Day said.
Molly-Ann began playing netball at age six. Her natural athleticism caught the eyes of her coaches and she became a prolific competitor in all sports day events – from the 100m, 200m, 400 metres to relays and field events such discus, shot put, long jump, high jump and cross-country. Of course, she was the champion girl on several occasions.
Today, she is employed as a sports instructor with the Cayman Islands Department of Sports and Coach of the National Netball Under-16 team.
One of the things that Moore, 48, is most proud of is that she was one of the first women to represent these islands on a national level. Her chosen sport was netball.
Beyond being a sportswoman, she is a certified umpire in several sports – cricket, football, netball, judo, basketball, softball and aerobics. She also coaches nearly all of these sports. In addition, she was the president of the Cayman Islands Softball Association.
For her, sport is both a passion and a way of life. “While I have had many highlights in my life, one of my most enjoyable memories is that of being a 15-year-old member of the netball team that represented the Cayman Islands in St. Vincent,” she said.
“The stories of women’s achievements are integral to the fabric our history. Learning about women’s tenacity, courage, and creativity throughout the centuries is a tremendous source of strength.
“Until relatively recently, this sphere of women’s history was overlooked and undervalued. Women’s achievements were often distorted, disdained, and denied. But, knowing women’s stories provides essential role models that we all need to face the extraordinary changes and unrelenting challenges of the 21st century.”
She noted the many ways in which sports have enriched her life. “I am more aware of the importance of living a healthy lifestyle. I am a fitter person; I get to travel and meet people and professionally, I am recognised everywhere I go. I am seen as a role model for younger people, which makes me feel good about myself.”
She also immensely enjoys coaching. “Being a coach has helped me to get closer to my students and to know their different needs. I have the opportunity to help them with their home work, home problems or social life.
“I am able to teach them to live a healthy lifestyle and to have high self-esteem and respect for others.” She is a strong advocate for young girls becoming involved in sports.
“I tell parents that sports are important to their children’s development. Sports help the brain to function better and assist children to learn teamwork, respect for each other and good sportsmanship. And of course, the benefit of keeping fit and healthy must be underscored.”