Brac sports day heralds a new era

Northwester House’s Shayla Connor competes in a relay.

Young Brac athletes were the stars of a notable track and field event held on Friday Feb. 5.

It was house against house as athletes from the Layman E. Scott Sr. High School competed in the first school sports day to be held at the Brac’s new sports complex.

Winning first place was Tradewinds House with Northwester House taking the second place spot, and Hurricane House in third place.

Improvements and upgrades at the complex have been ongoing for several years, and it is already being used for a variety of sports. The Brac track team is based there, and the complex serves as the home field of the various age group teams of the Cayman Brac Football Club and the Maples Grassroots Programme for budding soccer players.

Senior boys compete in the high jump.
Senior boys compete in the high jump.

“We held some of the games from the most recent CONCACAF matches held in the islands there as well,” noted district administration marketing and promotions manager Chevala Burke.

“As it happens, the two teams that advanced to the finals started their rounds on the Brac field.”

Ms. Burke said that currently there are four buildings with rest rooms, offices, team changing rooms and concession stand facilities.

As well as a FIFA 2-star rated playing field, the complex features an eight-lane asphalt track, two long jump pits, a high jump area, a shot put area and temporary bleachers.

Junior girls compete in the 100m.
Junior girls compete in the 100m.

The site also holds the Cayman Brac sports office and a playground donated by the Le Soleil d’Or vacation property.

“Plans for the facility have been developed by assistant works manager at the Cayman Brac Public Works Department Justin Bodden with consultation from the Ministry of District Administration,” said Ms. Burke, noting future plans for the facility currently include a 25 meter swimming pool and basketball, tennis and netball courts.

The sports complex has more student sporting action in store, with the Brac Primary School Sports Days set for Thursday and Friday, Feb. 18 and 19.