LONDON – The Cayman Islands contingent at the London Olympics was about the average size for a team of five athletes.
The Cayman Islands Olympics Committee’s President, Donald McLean, and General-Secretary Carson Ebanks, were there as guests of the International Olympic Committee. Both were allowed to take one guest, who paid for themselves.
The rest of the support team consisted of Kenrick Williams, Technical Director of Track and Field, Doctor Dalton Watler, Team Manager, Lori Powell, Chef de Mission, Sook Yin, who was the swimming coach and Bruce Blake, Attache.
McLean said: “We didn’t take a swimming coach because the coach of Brett and Shaune Fraser, Anthony Nesty, was already accredited by Suriname, so that didn’t cost us anything.
“Each one of the track and field athletes had their own personal coaches with them who was also accredited.
“We also had two physios, but they did not overlap. When one left, the other arrived. That was paid for by the Cayman Islands Olympic Committee.”
There was a travel subsidy, paid for by the International Olympic Committee. The government sent Mark Scotland, Minister of Sports, by himself. Cline Glidden was supposed to accompany Scotland but did not make the trip because of commitments at home.
All the athletes stayed in the village and they were given a subsidy by the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games. The Cayman Olympic Committee only had to pay a little for the athletes’ stay in the village.
McLean said that the total cost of the trip to the Olympic Committee is likely to be between $60,00 and $80,000 bearing in mind a lot of it is subsidised by the governing body.
Most of the delegation stayed in the Olympic village. McLean and Ebanks stayed at the International Olympic Committee’s hotel, the Inter-Continental in Park Lane.
“This, I must emphasise, was paid for by the IOC,” McLean said.
“The Minister of Sports stayed at the Millennium Gloucester, paid for by the Cayman Islands government. He only came for one week. The Premier was intending on coming but didn’t, presumably because of the budget debate and the impending storm.”