Athletes’ funding cut by $50k

The Cayman Islands government is cutting funding for its Elite Athlete Program by nearly $50,000, according to budget documents tabled in the Legislative Assembly. 

The program includes five athletes this year and its funding is being decreased from $240,838 in the 2012/13 budget to $192,987, according to the 2013/14 Plans and Estimates. 

The government pays Cayman’s top athletes to help with training and competition costs through the program, which during the last fiscal year included at least seven athletes.  

It’s not known whether sprinter Kemar Hyman was added to the program during the last fiscal year. 

The breakdown of who is getting government funding this fiscal year includes Hyman and swimming brothers Shaune and Brett Fraser each receiving $43,901; athlete Jon Rankin receiving $33,480 and sprint hurdler Ronald Forbes getting $27,804.  

Some familiar faces who were part of the program in the past have been cut for this fiscal year.  

They include five-time Olympian Cydonie Mothersill-Stephens, boxer Charles “Killa” Whittaker and hammer thrower Michael Letterlough. 

The government has added a program for top athletes as they head toward retirement, called the Elite Athletes Transfer Program. 

And, according to the 2013/14 Plan and Estimates document, it’s meant to help the “transition of elite athletes from elite athletes status to retirement.”  

The program is slated to have three participants this year splitting a total of $22,938. It does not name the athletes included in the program. 

The government pays Cayman’s top athletes to help with training and competition costs through the program, which during the last fiscal year included at least seven athletes.  

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Kemar Hyman is new on the funding program.
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