Cydonie Mothersill competing in the Cayman National Bank Relays on the Truman Bodden track on Saturday, her first time in Cayman in 16 years, was a historic event, much appreciated by Rayle Roberts, president of the Cayman Islands Athletic Association.
Mothersill ran in three races and was immensely supportive of all the runners, especially the youngsters aspiring to emulate her. Roberts said: “I thought it was incredible and very uplifting for the sport and a treat to the people in the stands to our elite female athlete competing on the track that Cydonie competed.
“I believe her participation at this meet motivated everyone else and I saw other athletes more seriously participating at the meet. This type of participation can only benefit the entire programme from the sponsor to the athlete to the spectator.
“I thought the event was a success. It has been an event that we are growing and every year the participation in the stands and the teams entered improves.
“We hope to make it an even bigger event next year. I had some spectators there for the first time who really enjoyed the meet and committed to attend ding and supporting the program next year.
“Overall I thought all the athletes did well we saw some inter-primary runner showing what is to be expected at the national primary school meet as well as some of our junior athletes showing great improvements and a resurgence of some of our senior athletes not ready to hand over the mantle just yet.”
Roberts is especially thankful for the continued support from Cayman National Bank. He added: “We are grateful for all the sponsorship that we receive in the programme.
This meet has had a key sponsor in CNB and we are very grateful for this sponsorship.
“Relays are the highlight of any track meet and to have a meet that is all relays was exceptional and as more teams participate the more fun it will be.
We will be looking also to add a few new events next year like a corporate division as well as other sport teams competing against each other. I just want to say thanks to all who attended and made the meet what it was especially our volunteers and our sponsors.”