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This provides an exciting platform to develop our promising young athletes into true competitors

Hon. Alden McLaughlin, JP

Published 7th March 2007, 2:24pm

The Cayman Islands Government Department of Sports is organizing Cayman's first ever Inter-scholastic track meet, to take place on 22nd and 23rd March, 2007, at Truman Bodden Sports Centre. These landmark championships will attract participation of Cayman's young sporting elite from both public and private High Schools. Events will be categorized between boys and girls in the junior age-group (12 - 14 years) on the 22nd, and the senior age-group (14 - 19 years) on the 23rd, and will include high jump, long jump, shot-put, discus, 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m and relays. Director of Sports, Mr. Dalton Watler, said, "It is our intention to make this a regular addition to Cayman's sporting calendar, and to increase the number and types of events each year." He added, "As this is the first event, we have been careful not to build in too many events as we want to be sure that this meet is a positive experience for schools and athletes alike." Hon. Alden McLaughlin, JP, Minister of Education, Training, Employment, Youth, Sports & Culture, whose Ministry is supporting the event, is delighted by this Department of Sports initiative, saying, "This provides an exciting platform to develop our promising young athletes into true competitors, whilst giving all youngsters in high schools across Cayman something very positive to aspire to." The Honourable Minister went on to say, "Such healthy competition between schools can only be good for building team spirit and a strong sense of identity, as well as motivating children to strive for higher standards. I am proud to support Mr. Watler in his efforts." The event has secured sponsorship support from State Street Cayman Trust Company, Ltd., a leading provider of financial services to institutional investors. Mr. Brent Rogers, State Street's Managing Director is delighted to be involved with such a significant local youth and sports initiative. He remarked, "Youth events and activities are important and it is particularly gratifying for State Street to participate and to see the kids in action and having fun. This track meet will be exciting." The Department of Sports invited schools to put forward a maximum of 2 athletes for each discipline, advising that each athlete may participate in up to 3 events in total. Schools already confirmed include, Triple C, St. Ignatius, Grace Academy, Cayman Academy, Cayman International School, Cayman Prep & High School, Pace High School, New Horizons, Leading Edge, Heritage High School and John Gray High School. Mr. Watler has also secured the assistance of over 100 volunteers to facilitate proceedings on the day. The event is open to members of the public, who are being wholeheartedly encouraged to attend.