Lanie McLaughlin has four sporty sons and caters to all their demands, yet she makes time to play flag football every Saturday afternoon at the Ed Bush stadium in West Bay and used to play regular football at a high level.
The appeal of flag for McLaughlin, who plays for the Maples Lynx, is that she loves being “a part of my team and helping get the win.”
McLaughlin, 40, works as the front office manager at Health City Cayman Islands, so she knows all about the benefits of playing sport.
That attitude is instilled in her sons. The eldest, Wesley “Marcelo” Robinson, plays football for Bodden Town and was captain of the Cayman Islands Under-23 side that played in Haiti in June. His brothers Kheon, Jamel and Tevin are also talented footballers.
McLaughlin feels that the Cayman sporting “has come a long way, but we still need to aim higher and with a little work and some help we can compete with the best.”
A strong advocate of females excelling in sport, she “would like to see more focus on girls and women in sports.”
Cayman has a vibrant sports tourism industry and McLauglin feels revenues could be increased “if we had a lot more football friendlies and invited teams from different regions to play here.”
Heavily involved with Bodden Town Football Club, McLaughlin sees them regaining the Premier League title from Scholars International when the season starts next month and thinks Elite can win the FA Cup and President’s Cup.