Anglin retires as sports director

After serving as Cayman’s director of sports for the last 11 years, Collin Anglin has decided to step down. He has worked in the Department of Sports since 2002 when was hired as a sports coordinator.

“The decision was made to retire; probably around November 2019,” said Anglin, who had been considering the move for a year. He said the decision was ultimately made because he could not balance work and family life.

“It is very important to me to spend more time with my children,” he said. “You know I have three kids, nine, six, and two years old, and I just found that I was missing too much time with them and so I had to make a decision. “At the end of the day, when we look back at our lives, we’re not going to regret the sacrifices that we made for our children. So, any time that I lose with my kids, I can’t get it back. You can always get more money, but you can’t get more time. So, that was the biggest reason I decided to hang it up.”

Looking back on his time in the department, he noted how the importance of sports has grown in Cayman. “I think the Cayman Islands has truly built an impeccable reputation as a sport tourism destination,” he said, adding that Cayman can offer world-class facilities, as well as showcase “organisational competence and prowess to host really big events.
“Every single event that we have hosted, we’ve got nothing but great feedback. People can’t wait to come back,” he said, noting that overseas visitors point to Cayman’s hospitality and how well-organised the events were. “Overall, I think that the awareness of and the importance of sports have grown.

“For a country the size of the Cayman Islands…we really do punch above our weight class, in terms of the amount of activities that are available for persons. Over 20-plus national associations, lots of different national teams, tons of national and international events. It’s still not where I think it should be, but it has certainly grown by leaps and bounds.”

A search is ongoing for a new director of sports. Cayman Compass reached out to Joel Francis, the deputy chief officer in the Ministry of Sports, on the status on the selection process.but there had been no response by press time.

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