Cayman’s sole female Olympian, sprinter Cydonie Mothersill, states she was deeply sadden by her inability to perform at the London Games. Mothersill also said she was both disappointed and frustrated by the injury that made her 200 metre appearance impossible.
“This was my fifth – and very likely last – Olympics,” Mothersill said. “I came to London to compete and to represent my country and was very disappointed that I was unable to line up. I did everything possible to give myself a chance but it was not to be.”
Mothersill, 34, had been preparing to compete in the women’s 200m but was forced to withdraw by a tendon injury in her right heel. Mothersill arrived in London, joining her Cayman team-mates in sprinter Kemar Hyman, hurdler Ronald Forbes and swimming brothers Brett and Shaune Fraser.
While battling a persistent tendon problem in her left foot, she had told interviewers she had blocked the problem from her mind and was looking forward to the competition. Consultations with her coaches and the team physiotherapist would reveal it would do Mothersill more harm if she competed and she elected to withdraw, ending her Olympic career.
Mothersill states it was a hard decision to make.
“I wish it could have been otherwise, as I know the country was looking forward to seeing me compete and I was crushed that I could not deliver. However, I want to extend my gratitude and thanks to my family, friends, the Cayman Islands Olympic Committee, the Cayman Islands Athletics Association, the Cayman Islands Government, sponsors, the many people who prayed and the countless supporters in the Cayman Islands. Sadly, while it was a difficult decision, I know that it was the right one.”
Local Olympic Committee president Donald McLean expressed his own disappointment, but said the decision had been, “in the interests of the athletes’ long-term health.”