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CARIFTA organisers deny wrongdoing in face of sanctions

Local organisers of the 2019 CARIFTA track championships held in Cayman deny any wrongdoing following a report that the regional track-and-field governing body has...

Swimming records fall at CIASA Nationals

Several records were broken at the 2020 Cayman Islands Aquatics Sports Association national championships, where more than 130 swimmers - including those who had qualified for the now-postponed CARIFTA Swimming Championships - took part in the event.

2020 CARIFTA Games postponed

The 2020 CARIFTA Games, scheduled to take place in Bermuda this April, has been postponed, due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Cayman’s first CARIFTA medallist remembered at swim meet

Cayman’s first CARIFTA medallist, Landon Von Kanel, is remembered annually at the Grant Thornton Landon Von Kanel Memorial Meet, which took place last weekend at the Lions Aquatic Centre.

EDITORIAL – Another win for sports tourism

Cayman’s repeated successes in sports tourism makes ‘winners’ of us all, opening up new revenue opportunities for the sector, diversifying entertainment options for our residents and reinforcing the importance of healthy, active lifestyles among our youth.

Stingray swimmers make a splash in international meets

For competitive swimmers, timing is everything – and for an age group competitive club like the Stingray Swim Club, with swimmers at multiple levels, ensuring that all members have the opportunity to end their season with a championship meet can be a challenge.

Cayman swimmers back from CARIFTA with record medal haul

The last of the Cayman Islands CARIFTA swim team arrived home Thursday, clattering as they walked from all the medals around their necks.

CARIFTA provides boost for Cayman businesses

The Cayman Islands may not have picked up many medals but the territory won plaudits and gained an economic boost from hosting the CARIFTA Games over the Easter weekend.

Brown comes close as Jamaica dominates

Cayman’s Rasheem Brown came within a split second of glory on the final night of CARIFTA 2019.

Carnival atmosphere for CARIFTA

The stands of Cayman’s national stadium were shaking this weekend as thousands of track fans gathered to watch the next generation of Caribbean superstars.

Sky’s the limit for Cayman medallist

Draped in the Caymanian flag, with a bronze medal hanging around her neck, Rachell Pascal reflected on a proud moment in her burgeoning athletic career.

EDITORIAL – The pursuit of excellence on, and off, the field

The Caribbean’s best young athletes brought their ‘A’ games this past weekend, showcasing their skills and bringing their competitive spirits to the delight of thousands of fans.

Gold rush in Barbados for Cayman swimmers

Away from the main CARIFTA spotlight Cayman’s swimmers are quietly accumulating medals.

CARIFTA: Cayman women pick up two bronze medals

It was a tough morning on the track for some of Cayman’s young athletes as CARIFTA 2019 got under way Saturday. Joshua Cox, who qualified for the 400m U-17 finals in a time of 51.87, was among the top local performers.

CARIFTA returns to Cayman Islands

The Cayman Islands has won the award three times: in 1989 and 1990 by Kareem Streete-Thompson and in 1996 by Cydonie Mothersill.

Dirt road to CARIFTA opens

Drivers looking to attend the CARIFTA Games this weekend will have another option for getting to the event after the National Roads Authority temporarily opened a quarter-mile-long dirt road for motorists to use.

CARIFTA 2019: Athletes, officials flock to Cayman

More than 500 athletes and a further 100 officials will descend on Cayman from all corners of the Caribbean as the island gets ready to host CARIFTA 2019.

Swimmers make a splash in Barbados

CARIFTA’s track and field competition may not get under way until Saturday, but Cayman’s swim team already has its first medals in the bag.

Lima gears up for Pan American Games

While all eyes may be on the CARIFTA Games in Grand Cayman this weekend, the Pan American Games are on the horizon.

CARIFTA 2019: Bahamas focussing on quality, not quantity

Although they are bringing a team of 50 to the 48th annual CARIFTA Games, the Bahamians are focussing on quality, not quantity, and are confident they will be a force to reckon with on the track and field at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex this Easter weekend, April 20-22. 

CARIFTA 2019: Jamaica hopes to lead medal count

Several of Jamaica’s top athletes will miss the 48th annual CARIFTA Games, but the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association is confident the team will once again top the medal standing when the meet takes place this Easter weekend, April 20 to 22, at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex in Grand Cayman.

Letter: Welcome CARIFTA games

People like Truman Bodden, Tony Scott and Jerry Harper, as well as many others, were instrumental in getting this sort of major event off the ground and they deserve all the plaudits they get. Let’s hope the demand for tickets soon exceeds the supply and a great time is had by all.

CARIFTA 2019: Suriname and St. Maarten hoping to end medal drought

Suriname and St. Maarten are hoping to break their CARIFTA Games medal drought and are expressing confidence in their teams ahead of this year’s meet, which takes place at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex over Easter weekend, April 20-22.

CARIFTA qualifying at Pete Ribbins Memorial swim meet

Stingray Swim Club of Grand Cayman hosted the Pete Ribbins Consolidated Water Meet, Jan. 18–20, at the Lions Aquatic Centre.

Cayman announces CARIFTA organizing team

A team led by Lance Barnes and Joel Francis will be responsible for organizing next year’s CARIFTA Games, which will be held in the Cayman Islands.

Cayman makes triumphant return from CARIFTA games

The last of the Cayman swimmers returned home from the CARIFTA Aquatics Championships on Thursday, and they were greeted with a congratulatory cheer as they entered the arrivals hall at Owen Roberts International Airport.

Athletes head to CARIFTA championships

A group of Cayman Islands athletes will depart Thursday, March 29, to compete in the annual CARIFTA championships in two different locations.

Inaugural Aquathlon Sea Swim a success

The first Aquathlon Sea Swim and Run event took place at Governors Beach on Saturday, attracting 78 participants, including 24 individuals and 27 two-person teams who competed in an 800-meter sea swim, followed by a 3,000-meter run.

Dominic Dyer stars at Invictus meet

Dominic Dyer confirmed his status as the region’s top junior middle-distance runner at the inaugural Invictus Reggae Classic Track & Field Meet on June 9 and 10 at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex. Dyer, who also dominated the Under-20 division at this year’s Carifta games, turned back the challenge of the two junior athletes capable of vying for the top spot who were unable to compete at the Carifta games.

Cayman swimmers triumphant after Carifta championships

Cayman’s swimmers, who won a record 47 medals in the pool and three more in open water at the Carifta Swimming Championships in the Bahamas earlier this month, were greeted by a boisterous crowd at Owen Roberts International Airport on Thursday.

Hero’s welcome for Cayman’s swimmers after best-ever Carifta Games

At the Carifta Swimming Championships in Nassau, the Bahamas, from April 15-19, 19 teams competed in the pool and the Cayman Islands finished third with 621.5 points.

Cayman athletes win 47 swim, 6 track medals

Cayman’s Carifta athletes celebrated a double success this week, capturing an impressive number of medals in Curacao and the Bahamas and winning the bid to host the 2019 Carifta Games.

Cayman track and field athletes bring home gold from Carifta

Cayman Islands track and field athletes claimed six medals in the Curacao Carifta games, including three gold medals. The team came in sixth overall in the track and field medal count.

Cayman CARIFTA athletes announced

The Cayman Islands Athletic Association presented a 15-member track and field team Wednesday that will compete in the 46th CARIFTA games in Curacao.

Open water swim relay set for Saturday

The Massive Open Water Relay takes place at 3:45 p.m. Saturday at Governors Beach in Grand Cayman.

Junior swim team selected for Carifta 2017

The Cayman Islands Amateur Swimming Association has announced the junior swim team that will travel to the Bahamas to compete in the 2017 Carifta 50-meter pool and open water championships from April 15-19.

Track and field event set for Saturday

The Cayman Islands Athletic Association hosts its annual Truman Bodden Track and Field event on Saturday, Feb. 25. Mr. Bodden has been a long standing supporter of the CIAA, the title sponsor of the event and will be present at the meet, organizers said.

Cayman national swimming championships this week

The national swimming championships, hosted by the Cayman Islands Amateur Swimming Association in partnership with Dart, start on Thursday and run through Sunday at the Camana Bay Aquatics Centre. The meets will be in the preliminaries and finals format that is commonly used in international competition.

CARIFTA qualifiers kick off with Pete Ribbins swim meet

The Pete Ribbins Memorial Meet, hosted by the Stingray Swim Club of Grand Cayman at the Lions Aquatic Centre, was a 2017 CARIFTA Swimming qualifying meet for members of the National Junior Swim Team.

Seven Mile Swimmers celebrates first anniversary

Seven Mile Swimmers, Cayman’s newest swim team to be affiliated with the Cayman Islands Amateur Swimming Association, recently celebrated its first anniversary. In August 2015, coach Darren Mew and the SMS board had high expectations, “and in just the first year, the team has exceeded what everyone had hoped for.”

Butler siblings take the plunge in Rio

The Cayman Islands has two talented swimmers competing in the Summer Games in Rio – and the pair happen to be brother and sister.

Swimmers strike gold in Bahamas

Cayman Islands national swimmers returned from the Bahamas with medals, records, personal bests and, for some, a lifetime of memories.

More than 100 take part in Flow sea swim

In perfect weather and sea conditions, 109 swimmers took part in the Flow 800m Sea Swim, one of the first competitive sea swims of the season.

Cayman swim team medalists celebrate Carifta success

Young swimmers from Cayman are basking in their success at this year’s Carifta Aquatics Championships in Martinique from where they returned at the weekend with 15 medals.

Cayman wins four medals on first day at Carifta Games

The Cayman Islands swim team collecting four medals on the first day of the Carifta Games in Martinique.

Cayman swimmers head to Carifta

As 22 swimmers from Cayman prepared to leave for the 2016 Carifta Games in Martinique last week, Sports Minister Osbourne Bodden met with them to offer words of encouragement.

Open Water Relay scheduled for March 12

The Massive Open Water Relay scheduled for March 12 is open to teams of four members each.

CARIFTA junior swim team announced

Twenty-two junior swimmers from Cayman will attend the CARIFTA Games in Martinique next month.

Seven Mile Swimmers dive in as champs

The newest team to be approved by the Cayman Islands Amateur Swimming Association, Seven Mile Swimmers, took home several medals and ribbons and set personal and team best times when they took part in the 2016 Cayman National Championships earlier this month.

National swim championships being held this week

Swimmers hoping to qualify for CARIFTA will be taking part in the Cayman Islands National Swim Championships from Thursday to Sunday at the pool at the Camana Bay Sports Complex.

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