Katie Scott and Lauren Hill are two aspiring gymnasts in the Cayman Islands. Next week the duo will show how good their floor routines are on a national stage.
The young ladies are representing Cayman at the Gymnastics Inter Island Games 7-9 July. The competition is slated to take place in the British dependency of Jersey where Cayman is up against six other countries in Aaland, Bermuda, the Faroe Islands, Isle of Man, Anglesey and hosts Jersey.
Scott and Hill are both 14 year-olds and have done gymnastics for seven years. Both are nervous about the event though Scott, daughter of long-time gymnastics figure Bernice Scott, is slightly confident.
“I’m nervous and excited,” Scott said. “I’ve never done grade seven routines at that level and it will be an experience. It feels like there’s not enough I can do to be ready. I am confident in my abilities, especially with my tumble/lay-out.”
“Yeah I’m nervous because the people we will be facing are really good,” Hill said. “There never seems to be enough time for practice. We’ll can only get better by doing the practices. As it is we don’t have enough time to do any other activity or sport. We’re training Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays for about three hours each day.”
Interestingly 2011 marks the first year that Cayman is competing at the gymnastics island games. The competition has both senior and junior events with 12 judges set to attend from across the United Kingdom, including former British Olympic gymnast Barry Winch. Meet director Arthur Falle states Jersey is especially looking forward to hosting Cayman.
“Although it has taken an immense amount of organisation we are delighted that so many islands are coming to Jersey,” Falle said. “The event is a great opportunity to showcase our sport and our island. As well as the competitors and officials there are a number of supporters attending and several of the island teams have never been to Jersey before.
“We particularly welcome the Cayman Islands, as this is the first time they have competed in gymnastics at the Island Games level. We hope they will all be impressed by the level of competition and by the welcome they receive.”