Olympic champions Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Warren Weir and Michael Frater are just some of track and field superstars who will be here this weekend for a fundraising lunch for the Cayman Islands Athletic Association.
Also on their way are Bahamian 4×400 metres gold medallist from the recent London Olympics and celebrated coach Glenn Mills of Racers Track Club who trains Usain Bolt, Yohan Blake and Weir. Mills is the world’s most successful sprint coach by a mile.
‘Dine with the Olympians Luncheon’ is at the Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort on Saturday from 11am-2pm. Tickets are $125 each.
Jamaican Fraser-Pryce is the 100m gold medallist at the last two Olympics and won bronze in the 200m at the London Games. She also won gold at the 2009 world championships in the 100m and 4x100m relay.
Weir won bronze in the 200m behind Bolt and Blake making it a historic treble for Jamaica. Weir won the 200m at the inaugural Cayman Invitational in May.
Frater, another Jamaican, was a 4x100m world record holder and gold medallist at the London Games.
Dine with the Olympians Luncheon was put together by Cayman’s five-time Olympian sprinter Cydonie Mothersill who has known all of the guests for years.
“We will also be auctioning Shelly-Ann’s spikes as well as a jersey signed by the world record 4x100m team which includes Usain Bolt’s,” said Mothersill.
“I’m extremely pleased to be in the position to assist the Cayman Islands Athletic Association who continue to play a crucial role in the lives of the youth of the Cayman Islands.
“We are encouraging citizens and businesses in here to support this worthy cause as proceeds from the event will benefit the athletic association.”
She had to knock on many doors to get the support needed. “Initially, it was quite challenging because of the economic downturn, however momentum has picked up with most companies purchasing tables and we are super excited to welcome our Caribbean Olympians.
“We are encouraging anyone that is interested to please call 345 925 6151 or email at [email protected] .
Mothersill’s company, KyStar Athletics, in conjunction with Cayman Business Consultants, have made this event possible.
Mills said: “Congratulations on the efforts of Cydonie and Cayman Business Consulting in supporting Caymans Islands Athletics Association through this fundraising effort. It is Racers Track Club’s second visit here showing its continued support to Cydonie and athletics in the Cayman Islands.”
Mothersill added: “I have learned many valuable lessons from track and field and I hope to assist our younger athletes to strive to become better athletes and well-rounded individuals.”