Triumphant return for Cayman team


The Island Games team returned to Cayman Monday, proudly wearing the many medals they won at the Island Games.  

Thirty-three medals were won in total – in track and field, swimming, shooting and beach volleyball.  

Track and field technical director Kenrick Williams was especially pleased with his team’s haul, which included six gold medals.  

“We did extremely well in terms of medals,” Williams said. “Overall, it was a good meet and the athletes will take their performances to the next level.” Sprint hurdler Ronald Forbes soon after carried his great form from winning gold at the Island Games to a pro meet in Switzerland where he qualified for the world championships next month in Beijing.  

Williams added that Lacee Barnes and Daneliz Thomas, both 16, are likely to go to the Pan Am Junior championships and the Olympic Youth Games this summer on the strength of their Island Games form.  

He said, “Overall, the whole team did very well. It was one of the best performances of a Cayman team at the Island Games and this was testament to the type of coaching they received, the management team and the Cayman Islands Olympic Committee.” 

Williams added that the Cayman Islands Amateur Athletic Association “did a fantastic job in bringing a mix of youngsters and experienced athletes.”  

Island Games team members who returned from Jersey on Monday were, from left, coach Kenrick Williams, manager Barbara Wilson, Karim Murray, Alexander Pascal, Lacee Barnes, Dominic Dyer, Ashleigh Nalty, Daneliz Thomas, Perry Anglin, Rochelle Gardiner, Tyrell Cuffy, Tahj Lewis and Gerome Bodden. – PHOTO: Jewel Levy


Friends and families of the athletes were at the airport to greet them.


Lacee Barnes won a shot put gold and discus silver.


Tahj Lewis won 800m bronze.


Tyrell Cuffy grabbed 100m and 200m glory.