Six set for Youth Olympics

The Cayman Islands Olympic Committee is sending a team of six athletes, five team officials and one reporter to Nanjing, China, for the Youth Olympic Games next month.  

The athletes will compete in athletics, equestrian, gymnastics and sailing from Aug. 16 to 28.  

With a team that is twice the size of the 2010 Singapore Youth Olympic Games, Cayman athletes will be competing in gymnastics and equestrian for the first time.  

In athletics, Jamal Walton and Pearl Morgan compete in the 400 meters and 200m respectively. Rider, Polly Serpell will jump in the individual competition and Morgan Lloyd, the youngest athlete at 15, will participate in the individual all-around gymnastics. Sailors Florence Allan and Pablo Bertan compete in the one person dingy.  

Swimmer Lauren Hew will not be attending the Youth Olympic Games as she has not been selected by FINA, swimming’s governing body. Hew achieved the “B” qualifying time standard in the 50m backstroke at the CARIFTA games earlier this year. 

However, with the large number of athletes who achieved “A” qualification times, this limits the number of “B” qualified athletes that can compete. 

Journalist Jade Webster has been selected to participate in the Young Reporters Program. Webster, representing the Americas, is one of 31 youths around the world to have been selected.  

The reporters were selected by the Continental Associations of National Olympic Committees through a rigorous selection process. Representing each of the five continents, they are between 18 and 24 years.  

Local athletes will be in action from Aug. 18, with equestrian first up. All athletes and officials will be traveling to Nanjing early next month in time for the opening ceremony, which starts at 8 p.m. in Beijing, 7 a.m. in Cayman, on Aug. 16 at the Nanjing Olympic Sports Centre stadium. The team will attend all cultural and education programs until the closing ceremony on Aug. 28.  

Pearl-Morgan

Pearl Morgan has had another good track season. – PHOTO: RON SHILLINGFORD

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