Special Olympics medals piling up

The Special Olympics Cayman Islands team at the World Games in Los Angeles has already won eight medals. 

Cayman’s delegation of 55 includes 28 athletes in five sports – athletics, bocce, basketball, football and aquatics. 

Up to Monday night, Cayman had won medals in aquatics and bocce. The opening ceremony was on Saturday, and competition began the following day. 

In the aquatic event at the Uytengsu Aquatics Center at the University of Southern California, Keanu McKenzie won a gold medal in the 200 meter individual medley and a bronze in the 100m backstroke. 

Kathryn Kleinworth-Whorms took silver in the 100m freestyle and won bronze in the 100m backstroke. Ms. Kleinworth-Whorms swam well in her 200m individual medley but was disqualified. 

Cayman also won four silver medals in the bocce united team event at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Athletes Mark Ebanks and Anna Jackson were partnered with Leslie Hydes and Wanda Viscount. 

In track and field on Sunday, sprinter Cindy Whittaker won her 100m heat in 15.11 seconds. 

Cayman swimmer Andrew Smilley and his coach Penny McDowall were featured on an ESPN Special Olympics World Games 2015 clip. 

Mr. Smilley and Kanza Bodden competed in the 1,500m open water swim on Tuesday afternoon. 

More then 6,500 athletes from 165 countries are participating in 25 sports over the nine days of competition. 

The Special Olympics World Games are an international sporting competition for athletes with intellectual disabilities.