Dozens of Cayman’s athletes have taken to social media to prove they’ve still got it.
With the COVID-19 pandemic shutting down the local sports scene, several sporting organisations have issued online challenges to keep their players engaged and active.
“The main reason is for our national teams members to keep active and to promote ‘stay at home Cayman, keep safe,'” Cayman Islands Football Association President Alfredo Whittaker said in a message to the Cayman Compass.
Players were encouraged to video themselves performing several different ball-handling skills and tag other players, inviting them to do the same.
The Cayman Islands Tennis Club and the Cayman Islands Boxing Association are among others offering their own online dares.
CIBA, in particular, has issued a handful of video challenges.
“Our members of staff, as well as our boxers, continue to adhere to the government’s instructions by staying home in order to stay safe,” CIBA operations manager Tracey Seymour said in a recent social media post. “But don’t think that our boxers are just sitting around doing nothing. Just last week we had a virtual showdown where boxers compete to see who’s the best shadow boxer in the house.”
Blayze Wood earned that title by submitting a video showing off his power and speed, all from the comfort of his living room.
“Big thank you to the Cayman Islands Boxing Association for announcing me as the winner,” Wood said in a video posted to CIBA’s Facebook page. “I look forward to training and staying at home. Stay home, Cayman.”
The Tennis Club upped the ante with its Quarantine Volley Challenge, offering free lessons with tennis pros to players who video themselves converting the most consecutive volleys against a wall.
Zsusanna Strommer and Jake Fagan earned top honours, winning the adult and junior divisions, respectively.
Some members took it as a way to have a laugh as well.
Tim Courtis, who admitted in his video that his chances of winning were slim to none, made his submission more about the wall than the volleying.
“What are the most iconic walls in the world?” he asked in his video. “If I could volley against the Great Wall of China, that would be epic. Apparently, all the flights to China have been cancelled.”
In the end, he chose a different type of wall.
“When I think about the wall, there’s really only one thing that comes to mind. Maybe the most epic and iconic wall ever is an album – Pink Floyd’s ‘The Wall’.”
The Tennis Club has now extended its online offerings with members able to purchase lessons with one of its tennis pros, Yana Koroleva, via Zoom.
“In a time when everyone’s stress levels are high, we as a community need to have safe and fun ways to exercise that follow the government’s restrictions,” CITC president Eva Jacques said.