The Cayman Islands Olympic Committee celebrated its 40th anniversary in conjunction with Olympic Day by showcasing a variety of Olympic sports at Public Beach.
The Olympic Committee was established in 1973 and recognised by the International Olympic Committee three years later.
From the beginning as a small developing association, undertaking only a few tasks, it developed into a body representative of 29 member-sports – 21 of which are Olympic – with significant undertakings both at home and abroad.
The Cayman Islands Olympic Committee selects, organises and sends national teams to represent the Cayman Islands to all multi-sport Games, assists the member associations, athletes and coaches in sport development through international funding and fundraising efforts and promotes the Olympic ethos across the Cayman Islands.
Olympic Day was introduced in 1948 to commemorate the birth of the modern Olympic Games on 23 June 1894 at the Sorbonne in Paris to promote participation in sport across the globe regardless of age, gender or athletic ability.
On 23 June, Olympic Day is celebrated worldwide. Hundreds of thousands of people get moving and participate in sporting activities.
Over the last two decades, the event has helped to spread the Olympic ideals to every part of the world.
This year, Olympic Day in the Cayman Islands was celebrated with a full day of events.
Eleven national sporting organisations gave demonstrations and the Olympic Committee was grateful to the hardworking volunteers and athletes for making the day as successful as it was.
It began with a seven-loop ride, organised by the Cayman Islands Cycling Association. The cyclists began near the new Public Beach parking lot, headed on West Bay Road, looped through Lime Tree Bay Avenue and completed the course back via the bypass.
The Cayman Islands Football Association came out with more than 50 kids who participate in the Maples Grassroot Programme to practise on the new addition of Public Beach.
The Cayman Islands Golf Association and the Cayman Islands Rugby Football Union had their own showcases which allowed the public to learn more about their sports.
Then the boxing association held an impressive demonstration by the national team, followed by drills where the public was able to take part.
The Cayman Islands Amateur Swimming Association organised a short loop in which members of the executive, the technical director for swimming and young swimmers took part.
Next, the sailing club had an entertaining out-and-back loop in which past Olympians competed against Olympic hopefuls.
The Cayman Islands Beach Volleyball national teams played entertaining matches with a mix of men and women and the gymnastics association finished off the day with a display of exercises from children of all ages, including their parkour training group.
A total of 170 participants completed the 3.1 mile loop course in the Olympic Day run/walk, representing 18 countries.
Many were decked out in colourful attire, carrying their country flags and celebrating the Olympic spirit.
Dominic Corbin held a big lead, winning in an impressive 17 minutes, 1 second. Evans Simiyu was second in 18:59 minutes and Samuel Young claimed the final men’s podium spot in 19:07. Laura Knox finished 13th overall and was the day’s fastest female, finishing in 21:51, while Kerryann Simpson clocked a time of 26:05 minutes for second and Jenni Bradwell was the third female with a 26:32 posting.
All finishers received goodie bags, including event T-shirts and certificates of participation.
Each participant was given complimentary refreshments, fruits, ice cream and an opportunity for random prizes.
The organisers thanked the many volunteers, participants and local donors for their contributions to the events.
In addition to the national sporting organisations, the CIOC thanked the Department of Sports, dms Broadcasting and Calico Jack’s for their assistance, the Red Cross for having a big presence, race director Derek Larner, Andy Bonner of CaymanActive and Craig Merren, plus the many businesses that donated prizes.