Tyrell Cuffy is one of many Caymanian athletes focused on Scotland.
After competing at the recent Cayman Invitational track meet, Cuffy has his sights set on representing the Cayman Islands at this year’s Commonwealth Games. The sprinter says he will be using multiple meets in Florida as part of his buildup to the competition.
“I have a few meets lined up in Florida and I’m gearing up for the Commonwealth Games,” Cuffy said. “It’s all about being healthy and representing Cayman. This year, I’ll do my best to represent Cayman well. Being able to compete here definitely motivates me to step my game up, to represent Cayman at the highest level and train harder to give my best. It’s also an inspiration to get great feedback from local fans.”
Cuffy competed against the likes of fellow Caymanian Kemar Hyman and St. Kitts and Nevis star Kim Collins at the Invitational last week. Cuffy placed sixth out of seven sprinters in the 200 meters in 21.39 seconds before finishing the 100m eighth out of eight competitors in 10.75s.
According to a Cayman Islands Athletics Association report last month, Cuffy has already qualified for the Games in Glasgow – which run from July 23 to Aug. 3. Cayman is sending its largest team to date, with athletes represented across seven sports: athletics, boxing, cycling, gymnastics, shooting, squash and swimming.
The Cayman Islands Olympic Committee has not announced the official team members, opting to wait until the qualifying window closes this month. However, a number of athletes have been informally announced by local governing sports bodies. For example, the Cayman Islands Boxing Association identified boxer Tafari Ebanks, the Cayman Islands Cycling Association said Michele Smith qualified to cycle the road race and individual time trial events, and the Cayman Islands Gymnastics Association stated Bethany Dikau qualified for the all-around event.