When some of the supporters of the Cayman Islands met the athletes, coaches and officials at a lunch in central London on Friday there was an outpouring of goodwill.
It was held at the luxurious Plateau restaurant in Canary Wharf.
The fact that the Fraser brothers, Shaune and Brett, had done so well in their swims lifted the camp’s spirits and inspired the three track athletes, Cydonie Mothersill, Ronald Forbes and Kemar Hyman.
Charles Parchment is the deputy director of the London office of the Cayman Islands. He said: “It’s been a pleasure to be involved in the whole movement of the Olympics. It has been an incredible pleasure for the London office to be involved.”
Parchment’s colleague Kate Kandiah of the London office of the Cayman Islands Department of Tourism, ensured they provided lots of giveaways. She said: “We’ve been delighted to have the team here and be involved with the lunch.
“We’ve been following with keenness everybody involved and we wish the continuing athletes all the best.”
Pete Cunningham has lived in the Cayman Islands for 16 years and is best known in sporting circles there as a top sailor. “I’m a big supporter of the Olympic team and have worked with Betty Baraud to put some fund raising events together.
“I’m so pleased to see how well Shaune and Brett have done and I’m looking forward to seeing Cydonie, Ronald and Kemar have a great time as well.
“I couldn’t get a ticket, unfortunately, for the opening ceremony but watching it on the television and seeing how well Cayman was represented and the wonderful interview the Frasers had on TV, everybody was so pleased with that.”
Simon and Candy Whicker bounce their time between the Cayman Islands and London. Simon said: “I was with KPMG and lived in Cayman for 20 years. We watched the Fraser brothers and they were absolutely phenomenal and now we’re going to watch the athletics. It’s great to have the Cayman team here.”
“We’ve got a great buzz in London,” said Candy. “Every street you walk down there are volunteers and every place you go to there is an Olympic related theme going on.
“To be part of that is special and to be with such a super team from the Cayman Islands makes it such an extra special occasion for us. It’s something to tell our grandchildren about.”
Carson Ebanks is general-secretary of the Olympic Committee. He is staying in a swanky Olympic hotel in Park Lane, central London, but he is grateful to his driver who is of Jamaican descent for connecting him with some exquisite Caribbean food.
“We went to Hackney and were introduced to this little Caribbean restaurant by our driver-attaché,” Carson said. ”When we walked in there and they heard our accents they were pleasantly surprised.
“So we got curry goat, curry chicken, ackee and codfish, callaloo and codfish… everything we are used to.”