Athletic Association pays tribute to Maxwell Hyman

Maxwell Hyman Facebook photo.

Maxwell Hyman, the former national track and field athlete, who died on 27 April after a battle with lupus, is being remembered as highly respected by his peers.

Joining in the tributes was the Cayman Islands Athletic Association, whom Hyman represented at multiple overseas competitions over the years.

The association offered condolences to Hyman’s family, which includes his younger brother, Kemar, the national 100m record holder.

“We are deeply saddened by the loss of Maxwell, who passed away last week at the young age of 29. Maxwell was highly respected by his peers, especially within his community. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this sad time,” read a statement from CIAA president Lance Barnes.

Hyman, a multi-discipline athlete, represented the Cayman Islands at various competitions including the CARIFTA Games at the youth level and at the Island Games as a senior, where he was part of the 2009 4x100m gold medal relay team.

Reports are that he was sick for less than a year and was moved to Miami a few months ago as his condition worsened. Upon learning of his passing, Ken Harnden, who coached Kemar and Maxwell at Florida State University, posted the following on his Instagram account: “Tonite the world lost one of the best people, go well Maxwell Hyman. You will be missed, but not forgotten.”

A day later, Kemar competed at the Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa. “I always remember Maxwell saying, ‘Kemar, continue’ and I think he would want me to continue,” said Kemar, who finished seventh in a loaded field.

Maxwell Hyman had a personal best time of 21.98 sec in the 200m and 54.39 sec in the 400m hurdles. He also competed in various other events including the decathlon.

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