Special Olympians make big haul

The Cayman Islands team at the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles picked up a haul of medals on Friday and Saturday to round off a great tournament for the athletes. 

Competition concluded on Saturday with medal events in 14 sports, including a 13.1-mile half-marathon on the streets of Long Beach. 

The closing ceremony was held Sunday at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. 

The Cayman delegation was the largest SOCI delegation to compete in a World Games. The delegation of 55 comprised 28 athletes, nine unified partners, five head coaches, 10 assistant coaches, two heads of delegation and one medic. 

Cayman athletes competed in bocce, track and field, swimming, football and basketball in competition with 6,500 athletes from 165 countries. They return to Cayman on Tuesday. 

Orden Anglin won gold in the softball throw, and the seven-a-side football team were gold medalists too. The squad comprised nine players; Tyrese Brown, Tyler Castillo, Jaheim Ebanks, Erick Frederick, Jharran Greenidge, Jomani Lee, D’Monte Seymour, Nathan Morgan and Beaver Smith. 

Track and field runner Matthew Ebanks added a gold medal in the 4×100 meters to go with his 400m individual gold. 

Jazlyn Hydes, only 9 years old, was one of the sprint relay members who won gold, and she also took gold in the individual 200m. The other relay team members were Jordan McLean and Tessa Terry. Sprinter Cindy Whittaker won silver in the 100m and 200m. 

Andrew Smilley won a silver in the 1,500m open water swim. There were also medals for swimmers Kathryn Kleinworth-Whorms, Lois Moody, Hamish Wood and Keanu McKenzie earlier in the week. 

Anna Jackson was magnificent in bocce, winning gold and silver medals in various events. Leslie Hydes, Wanda Viscount and Mark Ebanks also won bocce medals. 

Devon Ebanks won a silver in standing long jump and a bronze in the 50m run. 

Mitchell Smith will come home with a bronze from the 100m walk. 

Andrew Smilley
Andrew Smilley

Matthew Ebanks

Matthew Ebanks

Jazlyn Hydes

Jazlyn Hydes
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