The Cayman Islands had arguably its most successful NatWest Island Games to date.
Cayman had the fourth-most gold medals, 20, at the 2013 Games in Bermuda last week. In total, local athletes walked away with 46 medals, including 19 silver and seven bronze.
A trio of established island nations led the medal count. The Isle of Man, located between Great Britain and Ireland, was the frontrunner with 36 gold, 36 silver and 25 bronze. Host country Bermuda scored 27 gold, 18 silver and 31 bronze, and Jersey, situated between Great Britain and France, nabbed 23 gold, 29 silver and 28 bronze.
Of the roughly 11 sporting disciplines in which Cayman participated, swimming was the most dominant with 21 medals, including nine gold and eight silver. Athletics, another of Cayman’s focus sports, produced 12 medals and half of those were gold and squash had the golden touch with all of its medals being gold.
The Games wrapped up on Friday evening and Cayman cemented its stellar showing with a number of top finishes. The 4 x 100 metre relay team of Rhymiech Adolphus, David Hamil, Carl Morgan and Carlos Morgan would win gold in a time of 41.10 seconds. The Morgan brothers would then storm the triple jump as Carl took gold in 15.37m while Carlos earned bronze in 14.10m.
Andrew Petts would claim gold in sailboarding. Cayman would nab gold in the team event for squash, with the squad members listed as Eilidh Bridgeman, Carolyn Chaloner, Mark Chaloner, Jaclyn Geils, Julian Jervis, Gabriel Rabess, Janet Sairsingh, Cameron Stafford and Marlene West.