Olympic Day includes all

Life is better on the beach.  

The old maxim is as true in sports as it is in life. Several Olympic sports are getting a beachside makeover to help celebrate a major milestone in Cayman Islands history this weekend.  

The 40th anniversary celebrations of the inauguration of the Cayman Islands Olympic Committee coincides with World Olympic Day on Sunday.  

To mark the anniversary, several Olympic sports associations are heading to Public Beach on the Seven Mile stretch to showcase their skills.  

For some, like volleyball, the beach is the perfect fit. For others, like darts, it will be more of a challenge.  

And while golfers spend most of their time trying to avoid the sand, they too will be part of the celebrations, with demonstrations and lessons taking place in the afternoon.  

The day starts with a cycling race beginning at beach side and involves a 10-lap circuit around Cost-U-Less.  

Beach football is next up with youngsters from the Maples grassroots programme playing some small-sided matches from 10am.  

At 11am it’s the turn of the rugby players with a small-sided touch rugby game scheduled.  

Golf is a trickier game to translate to the beach but representatives from the association will use plastic clubs and waffle balls to help give the public a taste of what the sport has to offer from midday.  

Darts is next at 1pm, followed by swimming at 2pm, followed by beach volleyball at 3pm.  

Some of the island’s top young gymnasts will show off their skills at the water’s edge from 4pm.  

The day concludes with the traditional Olympic Day 5km race, which starts at 5.30pm. The route for the road race is still being worked out.  

Trent Christie, an intern at the Cayman Islands Olympic Committee who is putting the programme of events together, said he was still hopeful that more sports would be involved in the final schedule.  

“We wanted to do something different to celebrate Olympic Day and our 40th anniversary,” he said.  

“We felt the beach was a great location for people to come out and watch, especially since it is on a Sunday.  

“Hopefully people will be excited to come out and see what it is all about and maybe get involved.”  

Olympic Day is celebrated throughout the world every 23 June. Federations from all over the globe organise different sporting events to coincide with the anniversary of the formal establishment of the International Olympic Committee in 1894.  

The Olympic Day run is the most popular event worldwide. 

Everyone who is participating in Olympic Day, either spectator or athlete, is asked to park in the designated parking spaces and not alongside the road. The 5K Run/Walk will be on the road and space is very limited. 

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Cycling will be showcased in the Olympic Day event on Sunday. – PHOTOS: RON SHILLINGFORD

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Volleyball is an obvious beach sport that will be highlighted.
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