The Premier McKeeva Bush handed over a cheque for $75,000 to Cayman Islands Invitational organiser and star sprinter Cydonie Mothersill at his office.
The presentation marks the Ministry of Finance, Tourism and Development’s position as one of the lead sponsors of the inaugural track and field competition in the Islands.
It is at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex on Wednesday. The event features nearly 90 Olympians, world champions and national record holders from the US, Jamaica, Canada, Trinidad and Tobago, Bahamas, British Virgin Islands, US Virgin Islands, Nigeria, Puerto Rico and Ivory Coast as well as Cayman Islands athletes.
The Premier commented on how pleased he was with Mothersill for being a sports ambassador for the Cayman Islands. “It is indeed wonderful that so many top athletes will be participating, which will be a huge inspiration for our young people and especially our athletes,” he added, “Government is very pleased to help in this endeavour and to be associated with it.”
This will be the first time Mothersill will be competing at home since 1995. She thanked the Premier for his commitment to her dream for Cayman to host such an event. She also thanked Minister of Sports Mark Scotland for his involvement.
She also acknowledged that the event became possible because of all the corporate sponsors, led by Dart, and a number of community minded individuals.
Mothersill also lauded her organising team for shouldering a huge load, so she can simultaneously continue training for the London Olympics, where she will represent the Cayman Islands in the 200 metres in July.