Ameilia Gillispie and Jonathon Fredrick are part of the
Cayman Islands national team that will complete at the Central America and
Caribbean Junior Championships that started in El Salvador on Thursday.
Gillispie earned her qualification at the BayTAF meet in
Tampa Florida recently, becoming the first female heptathlete in these Islands
to qualify internationally for the Girls U-18 heptathlon.
The events in the heptathlon are 100 metres hurdles, 200m,
800m, shot put, javelin, high jump and long jump. Frederick is representing the
Cayman Islands in the U-18 discus.
Juliana O’Connor-Connolly, Deputy Premier and Minister
responsible for District Administration and Sister Islands Sports, praised the
two Brac athletes for making up the team.
She said: “Hard work and dedication to any task will reap
dividends when people have the support they need. I am pleased and proud that
our Brac athletes have qualified to represent the Cayman Islands on an
international level. This is all part of nation-building and it goes to show
that once the necessary programmes are in place, Brac athletes can do their
part to make our islands proud.”
Gillispie and Frederick are experienced at international
level. Gillispie competed in the Junior Worlds in France last year and both have
participated in the CARIFTA Games on several occasions. In 2009 Frederick
earned a discus silver medal at the Caribbean Union of Teachers track meet.
Cayman Brac Sports Coordinator Harold Sanford said: “I’m
extremely proud of the achievements of these two athletes. Both have been
working very hard and have put in the training time and effort. I thank the
Ministry of DAWL&A for their commitment to athletic development in the