Special Olympians will tee off to honour Crutchley

Special Olympics Cayman Islands hopes to stir up public support on the links.

The group is putting on its second annual Eric Crutchley Memorial Golf Tournament on Friday, 18 January, at the North Sound Golf Club. Shot gun starts are in effect at 8am and 1pm.

For SOCI board member Maxine Everson, the competition is about funding the dreams of local athletes.

“This is SOCI’s major fundraiser,” Everson said. “It is in memory of our past chairman, Eric Crutchley, who was a stalwart in our organisation and well-known in the wider community.

“Nick Freeland, our chairman and Seamus Tivnan, the fundraising leader, have worked diligently to make the tournament a success.”

Crutchley passed away two years ago, leaving behind wife Cindy and sons Jonathan and Michael. All three are fervent supporters of Special Olympics in Cayman.

Governor Duncan Taylor is slated to serve as the golf tournament’s patron, joining Cayman National Bank Executive Vice President Brian Esau for the ceremonial tee off at 8am.

Action will centre around teams of four. Entry fees are $150 per person or $600 per team. Proceeds will be used to fund training and participation in local and international events.

Last September, swimmer Andrew Smilley won gold in the 800 metres freestyle at the first Special Olympics World Aquatics Invitational in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Kanza Bodden also took part in the 100m free and 100m backstroke.