Watler was quickly off the mark

Doctor Dalton Watler is the recently appointed President of the Cayman Islands Amateur Association and in the few weeks since being elected dramatic changes are already apparent.

One of them is that the Inter-Secondary Schools Championships has got major sponsorship from Maples and DART and should be a wonderful spectacle when staged on Monday and Tuesday of next week.

“There are many things in the pipeline,” Watler said. “We have a strong committee with the likes of Harcourt Wason, John-Paul Clarke and Elizabeth Ibeh and all the various individuals who are in the works. They are doing a tremendous job.

“My job as president is basically to guide the association in the right direction and I believe we are doing that. Last week we assisted in organising the Inter-Primary Schools Championships and also recently the CUC meet and the Truman Bodden meet. Now we are endorsing the Inter-Secondary Schools competitions.

“It is not just to endorse but to see that it becomes the main track and field event on the Islands because in most editions when you organise school track events, the athletes are the ones with the potential to go to things like the World Youth, Junior Olympics and various Games.

“We are quite glad that Minister of Sports Mark Scotland has come on board to support us. There are many things which we would like to implement, like establishing a school of excellence, for high jump, sprinters, throwers and so on. I believe with good sponsors and the sports minister’s support and Premier McKeeva Bush’s support we are going to achieve good things in track and field.”

The track association will be especially busy for the inaugural Cayman Invitational on 9 May which will feature Cydonie Mothersill in her first race as a pro in the Cayman Islands.

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