Gymnasts leap ahead

The success of the gymnastics program in Cayman has caught the eye of local business owner Andy Scott, who will partner with the Cayman Islands Gymnastics Association to sponsor four youngsters at the Island Games in Ynys Mon, Jersey next month.  

Scott, owner of Scott Security, said, “We are very excited to partner with these young gymnasts to open doors and help get them to the next level.  

“We are always thrilled to support Cayman’s up-and-coming athletes, and wish these gymnasts every success in their upcoming competition.”  

Motions Unlimited, which opened in 1999, has a recreational program that was very successful in 2011. Lauren Hill and Katie Scott became the first two gymnasts to represent Cayman in international competition, competing in all four apparatus at the Island Games in the Isle of Man.  

Following their success, the gymnastics association gained recognition from the International Gymnastics Federation and the Pan American Gymnastics Union, permitting Cayman gymnasts to participate in prestigious international events, including the Commonwealth Games, Pan Am Games, the Youth Olympics and the Olympic Games.  

In 2013, Cayman fielded its first team at the Island Games in Bermuda. Bethany Dikau won Cayman’s first medal in international competition, taking the silver in the vault. 

Dikau went on to represent Cayman at the 2014 Commonwealth Games and earned Cayman gymnastics its first spot at the Pan American Games, which will take place in Toronto in July.  

In 2014, Morgan Lloyd also represented Cayman, qualifying to compete at the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China. 

With the support of Scott Security, Lloyd, along with teammates Sami Peene and Raegan Rutty, will represent Cayman in the team and individual events at the Island Games from June 27 to July 3.  

Igor Magalhaes will be Cayman’s first male athlete to compete internationally at these Island Games.  

The national team follows a rigorous schedule of conditioning, skills and dance, training up to 20 hours a week in preparation for the Games.  

The team will have one final competition in Cayman next month as part of the Cayman Islands Olympic Committee’s Olympic Day celebrations, before departing for the Games. 

Igor Magalhaes is competing internationally for the first time.