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Cayman Athletics’ CARIFTA team announced

Front Pages 16 Mar, 2023 Follow News

Cayman Athletics unveiled this year’s CARIFTA team on Monday 13th March.

CUC has been the sponsor of the CARIFTA team for over 37 years.

A ceremony was held at the VIP Lounge at the Truman Bodden Sports Center on Monday, 13th March,  20 young Caymanians, who will make their way to the 50th staging of the CARIFTA Games to participate in various sports from 7th to 10th April.

The Team Announcement event, was a chance for the young people to meet the press and an opportunity for pictures with the sponsors and organisers, as well as to discuss the upcoming trip and the team’s aspirations ahead of the Games.

Technical Director for this year’s CARIFT hopefuls, Mr. Jerry Holness, said his job is to galvanise the Youngers and make sure they have a proper system in place, while also addition to giving assistance in all areas.

Mr. Holness said the Team would be taking part in a wide-array of categories, ranging from the 100 meters and 200 meters-dash, the 4x1 relay and the octathalon (an event that features four types of disciplines), in addition to the javelin, discuss, shot-put, long jump and high jump.

“I think we have good representation in the field,” said Mr. Holness, who is in his first year with the Cayman Athletic Association.

Hailing from Jamaica, Mr. Holness has had over 40 years of experience in sports, working with national athletes in the Olympics, the World Championship, the World Indoor and the Commonwealth Games.

“Based on the results we have seen, they will do well,” he remarked of Cayman’s contingent, adding that, it is hard to measure athletes purely on medals.

The line-up for Cayman is as follows:

Under 17 Girls:

Mikayla Brown - Shot-put

Gabriella Smith - Discuss

Under 20 Girls:

Yanelli Dawkis - Discuss and Shot Put

Breanna Smith - Discuss and Shot Put

Renia Smith - Long Jump

Aaliyannah Anderson - 100 Meters

Rachel Pascal - Javelin

Under 17 Boys:

Anthony Chin Jr. - Long Jump

Michail Michelin - 200 Meters

Under 20 Boys:

Andrew Stone - Long Jump

Josh Gardner - High Jump

Jamar Ellis - 100 Meter, 200 meter, 4x1 Relay

Jaiden Reid - 4x1 Relay

Ty Goddard - 4x1 Relay

Jerel Maize - 4x1 Relay

Davonte Howell - 4x1 Relay

Alex Gordon - 4x1 Relay

Open Boys

Arion Wright - Octathalon

The Cayman Islands’ CARIFTA Team is sponsored by Caribbean Utilities Company (CUC).

CEO of CUC. Mr. Richard Hew noted that CUC has been a sponsor of CARIFTA for 37 years now and that the company had been associated with track and field for over 44 years.

“We believe strongly in community involvement and in particular athletics, which builds character and discipline, whilst creating opportunities for our young people in the future,” said Mr. Hew.

He added that CUCU is keenly interested in giving back to the Cayman Islands’ community.

“There is no greater joy than watching our youth develop into strong citizens,” he remarked. 

Age groups in the CARIFTA games range from Under 17 to Under 20.

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