O’Connor-Connolly is Sports Minister

Ms. O'Connor-Connolly (left) being sworn-in as a Cabinet Minister. GIS photo.

A new minister has been named to take over the responsibility for sports in the Cayman Islands government of national unity formed following the 24 May general elections. Juliana O’Connor-Connolly was given the sports ministry along with other duties in a line-up announced by Premier Alden McLaughlin on Tuesday, 6 June.

O’Connor-Connolly previously held that responsibility during the late 1990s. She also has responsibility for Education, Youth, Agriculture and Lands.

It’s expected she will receive support of government backbenchers in the role of councillors to help with the workload. Former national cricketer David Wight will likely assist with sporting duties.

The government will do without the services of West Bay North MLA Bernie Bush in the sports ministry. Mr Bush was elected Deputy Speaker of the Legislative Assembly last week as part of an agreement between the Progressives and the Cayman Democratic Party, which was also bolstered by a number of independents joining the government.


Mr Bush, who studied sports science at Carnegie University in England, is well known in the sporting community, having served as president of the local Special Olympics committee, the Cayman Islands Amateur Athletics Association and the cricket association (now Cayman Cricket). He has also help found Scholars International and Future Sports Club.

Mr Bush is seeking election to run the athletics association once again.

Osbourne Bodden, who served as Sports Minister for the previous four years, lost his bid to win the Bodden Town East seat and announced his retirement from elective politics following the election.

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