Jamaican Olympic bronze medallist Hansle Parchment is set to make a return visit to the Cayman Islands, starring in the second annual Cayman Invitational track and field meet.
It is on 8 May at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex.
One of the largest track and field meets of its kind in the Caribbean, Cayman Invitational has already attracted some of today’s top names in athletics, including the world’s fastest man, six-time Olympic gold medallist Usain Bolt and Olympic gold medallist Carmelita “The Jet” Jeter.
Hansle Parchment said he is delighted to join such well-known athletes.
“I enjoyed my first visit to the Cayman Islands last year,” he said. “The people were warm and friendly which made the experience even better. I’m definitely looking forward to visiting again to have a good time, as well as to perform to my best for the people.”
The 23-year-old Jamaican won a gold medal in the 110 metres hurdles at the 2011 Summer Universiade, in Shenzhen, China, in a personal best of 13.24 seconds.
Last June, Parchment won the Jamaica Olympic trials in another personal best of 13.18 seconds to qualify for the 2012 London Summer Olympics and won bronze in a new Jamaican record of 13.12 seconds.
Aside from training for the Cayman Invitational, Parchment said he is determined to be on the Jamaican team for the IAAF World Championships in Moscow in August.
“I believe I need to work on the first half of my race, that’s a very important for next season,” he said.
Cayman’s own Commonwealth Games gold medal-winner Cydonie Mothersill-Stephens of KyStar Athletics is the organiser behind the Cayman Invitational and she has put together a meet that will host 10 track and two field events and feature more than 80 athletes.
Mothersill-Stephens said she is excited by the calibre of athletes the meet will attract.
“Hansle Parchment will no doubt be a huge draw for young aspiring athletes, having showcased his incredible skills at the London Olympics,” she said.
“He is a wonderful role model for young people from the Caribbean because he has succeeded in getting to the top of his game beating considerable competition from the world over.
“We are really pleased to host Hansle again at this year’s Cayman Invitational and very much look forward to seeing him perform.”
Mothersill-Stephens hopes the event will achieve IAAF recognition as a World Challenger meeting, which means it will be included on the official IAAF calendar.