Local athletes are ready to take on some of the region’s best in Mexico.
The Cayman Islands are taking part in the XXII Central American and Caribbean Games in Veracruz. After last Friday’s opening ceremony at the Estadio Luis Parata Fuente football stadium, Cayman athletes had a long break to prepare for their competition this weekend.
The Cayman Islands Olympic Committee noted on its Facebook page that a few are making inroads in training, saying, “The sailors have finally made it to training! The weather conditions have hindered their training, but they remain in high spirits and were excited to finally train. Open water swimmer, Catriona MacRae, has been training hard since arriving and will be competing in the 10k open water swim on Nov. 21. Boxer Tafari Ebanks arrived and trained with the Trinidad and Tobago team.”
Representing Cayman in sailing are Shane Andres McDermot, Florence Allan, Jesse Jackson, coach Kelvin Browne and team manager John Bodden. McDermot, 16, takes part in the Open Sunfish event, Allan, 16, is in the female single-handed Laser Radial event and Jackson, 15, competes in the male single-handed Laser on Nov. 23-29.
MacRae, 16, is the lone local swimmer and will tackle a 10 kilometer course on Friday. She is being supported by coach Bailey Weathers and team manager Susan Weathers. Ebanks, 20, is fighting in the Men’s 56-kilogram bantamweight division on Nov. 21-29.