Skateboarders in the Cayman Islands do not often produce stellar results abroad. Sean Myers is an exception to that rule.
Myers, just 10 years-old, placed third in a UKSKATE competition held last week in the town of Stockport in Manchester, England. Myers was one of over 20 competitors in the Under-16 age bracket and the youngest competitor this year. The winner in Myers’ division would be Charlie Birch, 12, of Liverpool.
Joining Myers on the trip was father and police officer Steve Myers. Steve is no stranger to local skateboarding having helped out at Black Pearl skate park in Grand Harbour for years. He also two other sons into the sport in Shawn and Brian Myers. Steve said that Myers held his own and did Cayman proud.
“Sean was very pleased with his result,” Steve said. “The competition was on two sections of the skatepark first, with a qualifiers round and then the final.
Though nervous he did a great job representing the Cayman Islands. He spoke highly of Cayman to anybody who asked where he was from. He felt welcome where ever he went.
“As well as UKSKATE in Stockport, Sean also skated at Black Sheep Skate Park in Manchester, Ramp City in Blackpool and Ramp Works in Liverpool.
He felt proud to wear his Black Pearl shirt where ever he went. A special thank you goes to Andreas Kettner, owner of Zulu Distributors, who was one of Sean’s sponsors.”
In addition to Zulu, 7-6-50 skateboards was another of Myers’ sponsors. For his efforts, Myers won a UKSKATE t-shirt, a Nuff Skateboard Deck and a set of wheels for his skateboard. For the record the UKSKATE event took place at a skate park of the same name. It is a 16,000 square feet indoor facility that can accommodate other extreme sports like bicycle motorcross (BMX).
Minister for Sports Mark Scotland heard of Myers achievement and is quick to congratulate the young man’s accomplishment.
“Congratulations to Sean, it is a great accomplishment,” Scotland said. “We are proud of you, keep it up!”