Forbes's memory is still on track

Aspiring champion athletes get another chance to assess their progress in the Reuben Forbes Memorial Track Meet at the North Side Playing Field on Saturday. 

It is hosted by Hy-Tech Tigers Track and Field Club and starts at 9 a.m.  

Reuben, 20, the brother of Cayman’s two-Olympic sprint hurdler Ronald Forbes, died in a car accident in East End in October 2009.  

“I would feel really good knowing that his name is still being upheld on the local track and field scene in Cayman,” Ronald said. “He stood for the hard work ethic that track and field carries and requires and I’m proud of what he and others such as my late cousin Jason Hamilton accomplished during their short time with us here on earth.”  

Miami-based Mr. Forbes will not be able to make it to this meet due to training but some of his family plan to show up in Reuben’s honor.  

Mr. Forbes took his first strides to elite level around North Side and hopes that at least one kid is inspired by his dedication and success.  

“There is always some new talent coming out of North Side and every other district on island,” Mr. Forbes said.  

“The trick is for that person to know that and for others to keep that person focused and talent funneled in the right direction, so that he or she can someday become great enough for that talent to shine island wide and beyond onto a worldwide scene.” 

Mr. Forbes, 28, is steadily preparing for the long outdoor season this summer. He expects to be opening up sometime in May, possibly at the Cayman Invitational again. 


Reuben and Ronald Forbes were close.


Ronald Forbes, left, in action at last year’s Cayman Invitational. – PHOTOS: RON SHILLINGFORD

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