Sports journalist's exhibit benefits HospiceCare

A sports photography exhibition to raise money for the new Cayman HospiceCare building will be staged on Monday at Chelsea’s Bar in West Shore Center for one night only.  

The images were taken by Cayman Compass photojournalist Ron Shillingford and cover the numerous sporting events he has reported on in his eight years here.  

There will be thousands of images available to buy at $5 each, cash only, and buyers must provide their own flash drive to store the images they purchase.  

Shillingford, who is leaving Cayman next month to return to his home in London, thought selling the images for a great cause was a good idea. 

Danielle Coleman, director of operations and development for Cayman HospiceCare, was immediately on board, along with Derek Haines, president of the Cayman Islands Rugby Club. Haines ran six marathons last year, raising over $1.6 million in cash and services for the new HospiceCare building. Both will be at the exhibition on Monday.  

Cayman career highlights 

Shillingford covered the Vancouver Winter Olympics in 2010 and the London Olympics two years later for the Cayman media.  

Highlights of his career include watching Usain Bolt storming to three gold medals at the London Games and winning the 100 meters at the Cayman Invitational a year later.  

“Besides witnessing a legendary athlete like Bolt in his prime, it’s been great covering local events,” Shillingford said. “I’ve received nothing but love from the sporting community here and really appreciate it.” 

As well as enjoying the big local events, such as the Flowers Sea Swim, Cayman Islands Marathon, Cayman Triathlon, NORCECA volleyball, Mercuryman and the Irish Jog 5K, the smaller ones have a special place in his heart too, particularly the amateur boxing shows and cycling races. 

“Although it’s been exhausting having to get up at stupid o’clock to cover early morning events, the satisfaction of seeing locals put their heart and soul into doing their best, however good or bad they were, was always heartwarming,” he said. 

“In my time here, I’ve also seen talented youngsters like swimmer Lara Butler, squash player Cameron Stafford and boxer Tafari Ebanks develop into world-class competitors. Hopefully, they will make their mark at the top level and really elevate Cayman’s sporting profile.”  

For more information, contact Ron Shillingford at [email protected], or call 525-0544.
The exhibition is on for one night only, Monday, at Chelsea’s Bar, West Shore Plaza, from 6-8 p.m. The images will be available to buy at the HospiceCare offices after the exhibition. 

Watching Usain Bolt at the London Olympics was a great experience. - Photo: Ron Shillingford
Watching Usain Bolt at the London Olympics was a great experience. – Photo: Ron Shillingford