Long distance running is not a popular event among Caymanian track athletes, however that is slated to change over Easter with a young Caymanian a favourite to medal.
Jorel Bellafonte is part Cayman’s eight-member track and field team at the CARIFTA Games this weekend in Montego Bay, Jamaica and will run the 800m and 1500m.
Bellafonte, 16, whose nickname is ‘Superman’, goes in with momentum after excelling at a major Jamaican meet earlier this month. At the boys and girls national athletics championships, he won the 1500m and was second in the 800m, running for Calabar High School, where he is in his second year as he currently lives with his uncle.
Mum Judy-Faye McGaw has another child in daughter Jenai Bellafonte who aspires for athletics dominance. Jenai held her own for Red Bay at the inter-primary meet and wants to follow her big brother.
McGaw states her son is ready to excel on a national stage. “Jorel started out with coach Jerry Harper and the Phoenix Athletic Club,” she said. “From there he was with the Mustang club led by coach Tyrone Yen. In speaking with him he has done increased training and preparation for CARIFTA. He is 100 per cent and he is still on a high after dominating at the boys and girls championships.
“It’s a blessing that Jorel can represent his country at CARIFTA. I thank God for it and we in the family all support him.”