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The Commonwealth Games is an international, multi-sport event involving athletes from the Commonwealth of Nations. The event was first held in 1930 and has taken place every four years ever since (except 1942 and 1946 which were cancelled). The Games are described as the third largest multi-sport event in the world after theOlympic Games and the Asian Games.
It was initially known as the British Empire Games and was renamed to the British Empire and Commonwealth Games in 1954 and the British Commonwealth Games in 1970, before finally gaining its current title, theCommonwealth Games, for the 1978 edition. The Games are overseen by the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF), which also controls the sporting programme and selects the host cities. A host city is selected for each edition and eighteen cities in seven countries have hosted the event.
As well as many Olympic sports, the Games also include some sports that are played mainly in Commonwealth countries, such as lawn bowls, rugby sevens and netball.
Although there are 54 members of the Commonwealth of Nations, 71 teams participate in the Commonwealth Games as a number of British overseas territories, Crown dependencies, and island states compete under their own flag. The four Home Nations of the United Kingdom – England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland – also send separate teams.
The last edition of the Games were held in Delhi, India in 2010 and the next edition will be held in Glasgow, U.K. in 2014.
Cayman first competed in 1978. Cayman has won 1 Gold and 1 Bronze.
Commonwealth Youth Games
The Commonwealth Youth Games are a small-scale version of the Commonwealth Games, designed for the youth of the 71 Commonwealth countries. All competitors in the Commonwealth Youth Games will be a minimum of 14 and maximum of 18 in the year of competition (i.e. their 18th birthday is during the calendar year in which the Games is held) and a maximum number of 1000 competitors are invited to participate from every Commonwealth Games Association.
The last edition of the Games were held in Apia, Samoa in 2015.
Cayman first participated in these Games in Pune in 2007.
Pan American Games
The Pan-American or Pan Am Games constitute a major event in the Americas featuring summer and formerly winter sports, in which thousands of athletes participate in a variety of competitions. The competition is held between athletes from nations of the Americas, held every four years in the year before the Summer Olympic Games.
Since 2007, host cities are contracted to manage both the Pan American and the Parapan American Games, in which athletes with physical disabilities compete against one another. The Parapan American Games are held immediately following their respective Pan American Games. PASO is the governing body of the Pan American Games movement, whose structure and actions are defined by the Olympic Charter. Over 5,000 athletes compete at the Pan American Games in 36 different sports and nearly 400 events.
The Pan American Games were last held in Guadalajara, Mexico in 2011. The next edition of the Games will be held in Toronto in 2015.
The Cayman Islands have competed at every edition of the Pan American Games since the ninth edition of the multi-sport event in 1987 and has won a total of 6 Pan Am Medals; 1 Gold, 4 Silver and 1 Bronze.
The Central American and Caribbean Games (CAC) are a multi-sport regional championships event, held once in the Olympic quadrennial (every 4 years), typically in the middle (even) year between Summer Olympics. The Games are for countries in Central America, the Caribbean, Mexico, Bermuda, and the South American countries of Surinam, Guyana, Colombia and Venezuela.
The Games are overseen by the Central American and Caribbean Sports Organization (CACSO) (the organization also goes by the acronym “ODECABE”, from its full Spanish name: Organización Deportiva Centroamericana y del Caribe). They are designed to provide a step between sub-CAC-region Games held the first year following a Summer Olympics (e.g. CARIFTA Games) and the Continental Championships, the Pan American Games, held the year before the Summer Olympics.
The CAC Games are the oldest continuing regional games in the world, and only the Olympics have run longer. Mexico, Cuba and Guatemala were the three countries present at the first games, which were then called theCentral American Games. In 1935 their name was changed to Central American and Caribbean Games to reflect expanding participation.
Cayman first competed in the CAC Games in 1986 and have won a total of 12 medals – 3 gold, 2 silver and 6 bronze.
The Winter Olympic Games is a major international sporting event which occurs once every four years. The Games were held every four years from 1924 until 1936, after which they were interrupted by World War II. The Olympics resumed in 1948 and were celebrated every four years. The Winter and Summer Olympic Games were held in the same years until 1992, after a 1986 decision by the International Olympic Committee(IOC) to place the Summer and Winter Games on separate four-year cycles in alternating even-numbered years. Because of the change, the next Winter Olympics after 1992 were in 1994.
The last edition of the Games was held in Vancouver, Canada in 2010, where Cayman sent its first athlete in the sport of alpine skiing. The next edition will be held in Sochi, Russia in 2014.
No medals have been won.
Winter Youth Games
The Winter Youth Olympic Games, (Winter YOG), is an international multi-sport event for youths. In addition to the high level completion of major sports there is a cultural festival celebrated in the tradition of the Olympic Games.
The Cayman Islands qualified one male in alpine skiing in the first edition of the Winter YOG held in Innsbruck, Austria in 2012. Due to an injury, he was unable to compete.
Summer Olympic Games
Faster, Higher, Stronger. While many of the world’s leading athletes compete in various sporting events around the world, no other competition can touch the special luster of the Olympic Games. These Games brought back to life in 1896, representing the pinnacle of accomplishment that athletes and coaches strive for. From the spectacle of the opening ceremonies, to the colours of the Olympic Rings, the Olympic Games and the 52 sporting events under its title are in a class of their own.
In 1976 in Montreal Canada, Carson Ebanks, Gerry Kirkconnell, and Peter Milburn became the first persons to represent the Cayman Islands at the Olympic Games in Sailing. Since that time CIOC has sponsored teams to compete in the 1976, 1984, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008 and 2012 Games in the sports of Sailing, Athletics, Cycling and Swimming.
Summer Youth Olympic Games
The concept of the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) came from Austrian industrial manager Johann Rosenzopf in 1998.This was in response to growing global concerns about childhood obesity and the dropping participation of youth in sport activities, especially amongst youth in developing nations. It was further recognized that a youth version of the Olympic Games would help foster participations in the Olympic Games. International Olympic Committee (IOC) delegates wanted the event to be as much about cultural education and exchange as it was about sports, which is why the Culture and Exchange Programme (CEP) was developed as a component of each celebration of the Games.
There are several goals for the YOG, and four of them include bringing together the world’s best young athletes, offering an introduction into Olympism, innovating in educating and debating Olympic values.
The first edition of these Games were held in Singapore in 2012, the next edition is in Nanjing, China in 2014. Cayman competed in Singapore and will be sending a team to Nanjing – no medals have been won.
WIN CAYMAN ISLANDS’ OLYMPIC TEAM 2016 MERCHANDISE
Answer these trivia Olympic questions correctly for your chance to win great prizes:
- a) Who were the first Caymanian Olympians?
- b) What year and city did they participate?
- 2. What sport in the Cayman Islands has sent the most athletes to the Olympic Games?
- a) What year did Cayman send its first female athlete?
- b) What was her name and sport?
- c) What sport?
DEADLINE TO ENTER: Wednesday August 31st, 2016
Go to www.caymanolympic.org.ky
Contest commences Saturday 30th July, 2016.
Deadline for entries is 12 o’clock midnight on Wednesday 31st August, 2016.
One entry per person.
All contest participants must be full time residents of the Cayman Islands.
You must be 12 years old or over to enter the contest.
Correct entries will be drawn on Monday 5th September, 2016.
Winners will be notified by a staff member of the Cayman Islands Olympic Committee. Please do not call the office to check if you are a winner.
Identification will be required when collecting the prize.