Duo had coach Paz beaming

Two of Cayman’s best young gymnasts competed in the United Kingdom two weeks ago and did well against stiff opposition.

The Fort Regents auditorium, marked the first time that gymnasts from the Cayman Islands met eligibility requirements to compete in the Inter-Islands Gymnastics competition held two weeks ago in Jersey, in the Channel Islands.

The girls marched onto the floor in the opening ceremony and soon began their competition against six other islands. Lauren Hill and Katie Scott, both 14, coached by Kelley Paz, clearly demonstrated that the Cayman Islands are an up and coming force in gymnastics.

The girls performed exceptionally well with cleaned routines on all four apparatus. Although they may have been younger than many of the other competitors, Hill placed 20th and Scott 21st overall in a field of 38 competitors hailing from Bermuda, Ynys Mon, Faroes, Jersey, Island of Man and Aland. Notable performances saw Scott place 14th on floor and Lauren 18th. In the beam Hill placed 20th and Scott 25th and in the bars 23th for Hill and 21st for Scott.

Bernice Scott of the Cayman Islands Gymnastics Association said: “The Cayman Islands Gymnastics Association, which completely funded both athletes and coach Kelley wishes to thank the Dolphin Cove and Jacques Scott for their support this year with several fundraising efforts. Additionally, we would like to thank the Cayman Islands Games committee for providing the team warm-up suits and travel shirts.”

Hill and Katie Scott thanked both coaches Kelly and Sorin Rad for their help in preparing them for the Unter-Islands Games and the Youth Commonwealth this September.

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