The Maples Dolphins flag football side were so poor last season that they did not win a single match, yet quarterback Chris LeBeau returned for another series of potentially miserable results this term.
Thankfully, the Dolphins turned their fortunes around and are even in the playoffs starting next week.
LeBeau likes the team aspect and competitive nature of the sport and has played safety, tight end and defensive line, as well as quarterback in the past 10 years in Cayman. The challenges of the QB position are his favorite. His clever distribution to teammates such as Deandre Simpson, Larue Nixon and Fabio Gall have made the Dolphins much more competitive this campaign.
“Despite us losing all our games last season, the guys fought hard and stayed positive,” LeBeau said.
“It’s a good, young team, filled with great athletes. That has lots of potential if the guys stay together and don’t switch to other teams. I think the improvement seen this year is a testament to that.”
A devoted New England Patriots fan, since they are his hometown team, playing flag here was inevitable. LeBeau grew up in Springfield, Massachusetts, about 90 minutes from Foxborough.
He tries to stay as active as possible with basketball, volleyball, softball, snowboarding, wakeboarding and kiteboarding taking up his leisure time.
LeBeau, who just turned 39, hopes to be able to participate in sport deep into his 40s and older. “I will undergo treatment on my knees with Regenexx Cayman soon and I am hopeful this will enable me to achieve this goal.”
He competed in diving and swimming in high school and was involved with club sports such as basketball. “I have always joined recreational leagues for various sports like flag football, basketball and softball since high school.”
He works as an independent director for MaplesFS Ltd. and also owns Wakeboard Cayman, hence his passion for water sports.
Larry Bird, Michael Jordan, Tom Brady and Mike Krzyzewski (Duke University basketball coach) are his sporting heroes.
LeBeau thinks the Cayman flag scene has come a long way in the past decade. “The players continue to improve, so the one aspect that would be great to see improved would be refereeing,” he said.
“If the league could find independent qualified refs, I think the play and flow of the game will improve greatly.”
He would love to see high level professional or collegiate basketball games staged here.
“Big name athletes or teams can draw many fans from many places.”
As for being a champion in any particular sport, LeBeau is clear what he would love to excel in: “I’ve always been in love with board sports, so if I had to pick one sport or event, I’d go with snowboard half pipe.”