Cayman to send big team to CARIFTA Games

Claudina Morgan (Mustang Track Club) and Ava Hider (345 Athletic Club) try to make the U17 Girls 400m standard at the Last Chance Meet.

The Cayman Islands is poised to send its largest ever contingent of athletes to the Flow CARIFTA Games later this month.

Cayman Islands Athletic Association (CIAA) president, Lance Barnes, confirmed that a minimum of 22 athletes will make the trip to the Bahamas for the 30 March – 2 April track and field championships.

“What I can say now, officially we have 22,” Barnes told during a meet at Truman Bodden Sports Complex on 10 March held to give athletes who were on the cusp of attaining their qualifying marks one last chance to make the team.

He said many of the athletes “have tried really, really hard” so a decision was made to hold events for those athletes knocking on the door another opportunity. Barnes said at least one athlete made the most of that chance on Saturday.

“From the last five years since I’ve been involved, this is the most I’ve seen travelling to CARIFTA was 14 and so far, we have 22…so I’m quite pleased,” Barnes said.

A press conference will be held Tuesday afternoon (13 March) to officially announce the team.

The CIAA president explained there may be room on the travelling delegation for athletes who did not make the cut, so they could get accustomed to what to expect at the Games features athletes from across the Caribbean.

“As you know, we are hosting CARIFTA next year, so this is a good showing. If we can give some of these young people the experience, I’m sure it’s going to have a tremendous effect on them to motivate them for next year,” he said.

Last year, 15 athletes represented the Cayman Islands, as the team won six medals including three gold at the Caribbean’s premier junior track and field championships, finishing sixth overall in the medal table behind regional powerhouses Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Bahamas, and Barbados. Guyana finished fifth.

Images from Last Chance Meet

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