Cayman athletes are taking part in the 23rd annual Central American and Caribbean Games, which got under way with an opening ceremony at the Estadio Metropolitan in Barranquilla, Colombia on Thursday, July 19.
Nearly 100,000 spectators in the stadium were treated to three hours of displays of Colombian music, dancing, fireworks and a mini concert by Latin pop star Shakira.
Leading the way as the flag bearer for the Cayman Islands team was 18-year-old Lacee Barnes.
Cayman is competing in athletics, beach volleyball, gymnastics, sailing and squash in the games, which finish on Aug. 3.
First to compete for Cayman was Allena Rankine, in the Women’s Single Handed Laser sailing division. Rankine, 18, competed against 10 others in a best-of-three set. She placed 9th, 10th and 8th to finish 10th overall, with 26 points at the end of the first day of sailing.
In the men’s Single Handed Laser Division Cayman saw two athletes competing, Shane McDermot and Jesse Jackson. McDermott and Jackson, both 19, also competed in a best-of-three set. McDermott placed 9th, 10th and 11th to finish 9th overall with 30 points; while Jackson placed 11th, 11th and 15th to finish 13th overall with 37 points.
In the Open Hobie 16 division, Alun Davies and Florence Allan finished the first day of sailing with 16 points, placing 8th twice in the first two races of the category.
On the squash courts, in the Women’s Singles division, Eilidh Bridgeman fell to Guatemala’s Winifer Bonilla 11-2, 11-7 and 11-3, while Jade Pitcairn lost to Columbia’s Catalina Pelaez 11-4, 11-6 and 11-2.
The first round of the Men’s Singles division saw a head-to-head match of two Cayman athletes, Cameron Stafford and Jacob Kelly. Stafford won, 11-5, 11-9 and 11-7. During the second round, Mexico’s Arturo Salazar beat Stafford 11-7, 11-6 and 11-7.