Andy Copley deserves much of the credit for Cayman’s success in Bermuda.
Copley coached the Cayman Islands swimming team that racked up 21 medals, including nine gold and eight silver, at the 2013 NatWest Island Games. Under his leadership, Cayman won nearly as many medals in swimming as it did as a country back at the 2011 Games, which resulted in a take of 23 medals.
Copley, who has only been coaching in local swimming circles for about a year, said he is pleased with the overall performance.
“Everyone has surpassed their own expectations and they certainly surpassed mine,” Copley said. “We kind of came here in hoping to steal some medals away and we’ve ended up going beyond that and doing better than we thought we were going to do.
“Everyone’s been dropping time and everyone’s excited. We’re making an impact and it’s been a lot of fun.”
Leading the assault were Olympian swimming brothers Brett and Shaune Fraser, who won four individual medals apiece and were part of four medal-winning relay teams. The Frasers set numerous Island Games records as Brett swam the 100 metre freestyle in 47.65, completed the 50m butterfly in 23.26 (he had a record time of 24.09 in the preliminaries) and swam the 50m free in 21.73.
Shaune did the 100m fly in 51.06 and the 100m free in 49.68. The Frasers were part of the record-setting 4x100m free relay team, that also featured Alex McCallum and Geoffrey Butler, which had a time of 3:20.65.
Lara Butler, 18, rose to new heights with three gold, two silver and two bronze. She would set two Games records in the 100m butterfly with a time of 1:02.44 and the 200m fly with a time of 2:16.45.
Copley said all of those feats were impressive.
“Lara Butler in the 100m backstroke swam in the outside lane, in lane one, and won gold. He didn’t medal, but Alex in the 200m back dropped seven seconds off his time and almost made it onto the podium.
“And, of course, the Fraser brothers breaking all the records. You can pick any of their races.”
Boosted by those swimming heroics, Cayman would go on to claim 46 total medals: 20 gold, 19 silver and seven bronze to finish fourth among the competing countries. Those results are a first in Cayman’s history at the Games.
Aside from swimming, the top two disciplines were athletics with 12 medals, half of which were gold and squash, with all of its medals being gold. Among the standouts were Ameilia Gillispie, who won three medals, Alex Pascal whose javelin throw of 70.66m established a new Games record and the record-setting 4x100m relay team of Rhymiech Adolphus, David Hamil, Carl and Carlos Morgan.
Carl Brown, who served as assistant general manager for the Cayman contingent, was among those that witnessed history. He was joined by the likes of general manager Victor Thompson and Cayman Islands Games Association President Richard Parchment and dignitaries such as Minister of Tourism/Deputy Premier Moses Kirkconnell and Minister of Sports Osbourne Bodden.
Brown said swimming’s success was expected.
“We knew we’d be a powerful country in swimming and in athletics because of who we carried,” Brown said. “We had respect for the competition and that was evident in all that was going on. Lara Butler was an example of that while doing so many events.
“The 50m pool was beautiful and the swimming events drew huge crowds. The venue couldn’t hold them. The Frasers gave the younger ones a look at how Cayman performs at international competitions. It was good to see them handing over that experience. In these Games, you can see the future of a country and we can feel good about our Islands, from a sporting angle.
“It’s good to see our elected officials, in Moses and Ozzie, cheering us during the events. At times, you wouldn’t know they were dignitaries. Also our new governor-designate, Helen Kilpatrick, came to Bermuda to cheer on the Cayman team before coming to Cayman.
“They’re all having a greater understanding of doing what we do in the sports community. As part-time athletes, they’re leaving their jobs, they risk getting injured and they’re going out there for their country.”
The Cayman Islands hauled in a record 46 medals at the Island Games – double the total from 2011. Here is the list of Cayman’s winners in full:
Shaune Fraser: 100m butterfly gold, 100m freestyle silver, 50m butterfly silver, 50m freestyle bronze, 4x100m freestyle relay gold, 4x100m medley relay silver, 4x50m freestyle relay silver, 4x50m medley relay bronze
Brett Fraser: 100m freestyle gold, 50m butterfly gold, 50m freestyle gold, 100m butterfly silver , 4x100m freestyle relay gold, 4x100m medley relay silver, 4x50m freestyle relay silver, 4x50m medley relay bronze
Geoffrey Butler: 400m freestyle gold, 1500m freestyle silver, 4x100m freestyle relay gold, 4x100m medley relay silver, 4x50m freestyle relay silver, 4x50m medley relay bronze
Alexander McCallum: 4x100m freestyle relay gold, 4x100m medley relay silver, 4x50m freestyle relay silver, 4x50m medley relay bronze
Lara Butler: 100m backstroke gold, 200m butterfly gold, 400m medley gold, 200m backstroke silver, 50m backstroke silver, 100m butterfly bronze, 200m medley bronze
Track and Field
Amelia Gillespie: 100m gold, 100m hurdles gold, 200m silver
Rhymiech Adolphus: 100m silver, 4x100m relay gold
Troy Long: 200m bronze
Ashleigh Nalty: High jump gold
Alexander Pascal: Javelin gold
Carl Morgan: Long jump gold, triple jump gold, 4x100m relay gold
Carlos Morgan: Long jump silver, triple jump bronze, 4x100m relay gold
David Hamil: 4x100m relay gold
Richard Campbell/ Philippe Deslandes: Men’s beach volleyball silver
Cristin Alexander/ Jessica Wolfenden: Women’s beach volleyball silver
Samantha Widmer: Golf bronze
Bethany Dikau: Gymnastics (Vault) silver
Andrew Petts: Sailboarding gold
Christopher Jackson: Shooting (Automatic ball trap individual) silver
Christopher Jackson/ Kevin Schirn: Shooting (Automatic ball trap team) silver
Edison McLean: Shooting (Olympic Skeet individual) silver
Edison McLean/ Kevin Schirn: Shooting (Olympic Skeet team) bronze
Mark Chaloner/Cameron Stafford: Squash doubles gold
Mark Chaloner/Marlene West: Squash mixed doubles gold
Jaclyn Geils/Marlene West: Squash women’s doubles gold
Cayman squash team (Mark Chaloner, Eilidh Bridgeman, Jaclyn Geils Gabriel Rabess Cameron Stafford Julian Jervis Janet Sairsingh Marlene West): gold