Track association steps up a gear

The Cayman Islands Athletics Association has started the New Year with a deal with Puma and changes on the agenda.

Association president Dalton Watler said the association has secured sponsorship from Puma, whose most famous client is the world’s fastest man, Usain Bolt.

Now they are looking to revamp the constitution, including clarifying committee roles, giving more power to the president, and paving the way to gain non-profit status.

Watler said the association is in need of funding, equipment and uniforms and he feels non-profit status will give it access to big money from companies, such as Adidas, Goodyear and Hyundai. “These companies can claim the money back because the money is donated to a non-profit organization,” Watler said.

He also says more coaches are needed as there are only four coaches, but with so many track and field events, Watler says more are needed.

This year, the track association is also shifting some of the responsibility of organizing local meets to the clubs. The latest was a development meet in Bodden Town on Saturday, organized by Trinity Track Club.