As Cayman’s Olympic athletes gear up for London, local sporting entities are wishing them well.
Two of the first well wishers are the Cayman Islands Softball Association and the Cayman Islands Cricket Association, via their presidents Marlon Thomas and Courtney Myles.
“On behalf of the softball association, I would like to extend our best wishes to Cayman’s Olympic team in the London Olympics,” Thomas said. “Make us proud by doing your very best and that in itself is success. Saludes y buena suerte [translation: blessings and good luck].”
“It is my distinct pleasure, on behalf of the cricket association executive, to extend wishes to our Olympic team as they compete in the 2012 London Olympics,” Myles said. “We are confident that they will perform to their usual high standards and make the Cayman Islands proud. Best wishes and every success.”
Cayman is being represented at the Olympics by three track and field athletes, in hurdler Ronald Forbes and sprinters Kemar Hyman and Cydonie Mothersill, along with two swimmers, in brothers Brett and Shaune Fraser. Forbes and Hyman are doing their final London tune-ups at a camp in Surrey, England alongside their personal coaches. The Frasers were in Dublin, Ireland for training alongside swimmers from their school, the University of Florida.
All are expected to arrive at the Olympic Village between Tuesday and Wednesday, 24-25 July. The opening ceremony is this Friday, 27 July, with the Games coming to a close on 12 August.
In addition to governing bodies, well wishers have come from Cayman’s sporting fraternity. Among them is Douglas Calder, the cofounder of local law firm Maples and Calder.
“As the first Cayman Islands Olympic Committee president, might I add my congratulations to all concerned,” Calder said. “I send my very, very best wishes to all the Cayman team for a very happy and successful Olympic Games in London. Carpe diem!”
While the athletes are just arriving in London, Chef de Mission Lori Powell and the team attaché reached the Olympic Village over the weekend. Amongst that group is Ron Shillingford of Cayman Free Press, who is serving as the official photo journalist for the Olympic Committee.
Shillingford will be sending media reports to all of Cayman’s media houses during the Games and maintaining a blog about his experiences. To check out Shillingford’s blog, log on to compasscayman.com/olympics