Grand night to collect cheques

The Cayman Islands Olympic Committee held a private dinner to celebrate those athletes who have qualified for the 2012 London Summer Olympic Games and the athletes who medalled in the 2011 Guadalajara Pan American Games in Mexico in October.

The intimate dinner was attended by Minister of Sports Mark Scotland, Olympic Committee Vice-President Lori Powell, Olympic Committee Fundraising Chairperson Betty Baraud, and the four 2012 Olympic athletes Cydonie Mothersill, Ronald Forbes, Shaune Fraser and Brett Fraser.

The group reminisced over their past competition experiences together and their expectations of the London Games. The same four athletes proudly represented the Cayman Islands in Beijing, 2008, along with their same Chef de Mission Lori Powell and Fundraising Chairperson Betty Baraud who founded the Cayman Islands Olympic Fundraising Committee in 1992.

The athletes enjoyed exchanging training and event experiences while professing their confidence in additional Caymanian athletes qualifying for the London Games in July. Excitement was high as discussions surrounded the many upcoming local sport events and the admiration for how much Cayman has changed to accommodate such impressive competitions.

The evening commenced with a cheque ceremony. All four heroes received funds for qualifying for the 2012 London Olympics. These monies will aid in their preparation and training in the few months leading into the competition.

“As we approach the end of another quadrennial period and watch our athletes one by one qualify for the penultimate stage of their Olympic journey, I would like to extend our thanks and appreciation to the many sponsors who have so graciously helped to make their accomplishments possible,” said Baraud.

“Because of our sponsors’ support, tonight we are able to provide yet again another financial donation directly to our athletes. We understand the needs of our athletes and are pleased to give our support.

“This contribution will go a long way in helping them to focus on their ongoing training and preparation for the Games and we all look forward to seeing them represent Cayman on the world stage.”

The Cayman Islands Olympic Committee also rewarded swimming brothers Shaune and Brett Fraser for each medal won at the 2011 Pan Am Games. “It is very important to the CIOC that we reward tremendous results at high international competitions and we can only hope that these funds show our gratitude for their hard work and outstanding performances on behalf of the Cayman Islands,” said Lori Powell. “This money should act not only as a reward but as an incentive for our athletes to strive for greatness and for them to know that Cayman is proud of their successes.”

All funds distributed came solely from donations and sponsorships through fundraising events of the fundraising committee. Powell said: “The CIOC and CIOFC would like to thank all of our sponsors and those who have contributed. It is with this continued support that the CIOC is able to fund these athletes and contribute to such ambassadors of the Cayman Islands.

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