It's been one week since the Youth Olympic Team departed Cayman for the 2nd edition of the Youth Olympic Games. Cayman is being represented by 5 athletes across 4 sports; Athletics, Equestrian, Gymnastics and Sailing. The delegation is very pleased with the organization and efficiency of the games so far and have all done well to adjust to the time change and weather in Nanjing.
The opening ceremony which was held on August 16th was breathtaking and full of life. The precision of all the performers was remarkable despite the constant rain throughout. During the parade of 204 nations Florence Allan carried the flag for Cayman.
The first event for Cayman was the Women's All-around Artistic Gymnastics. Morgan Lloyd competed on Monday morning, achieving personal best results in the floor exercise and the vault. Morgan's all around score of 41.250 is also a personal best, a substantial improvement from her previous best of 39.334.
The sailing competition also kicked off on Monday. It was a tough day with little wind to work with. In the Men's Byte CII Pablo Bertran placed 19th in race 1 and 27th in race 2. Florence Allan placed 9th and 25th respectively in the Women's Byte CII races. With day one complete the sailors are eager for better wind speeds in the 9 races remaining in the competition.
Polly Serpell will be riding Georgio Zan, a 8 year old Belgium warm blood horse in the Equestrian events. The Continental Team jumping events are set to commence at 15:30 (CST) on Tuesday. Cayman is joined by riders from Ecuador, Guatemala, El Salvador and The Dominican Republic representing North America. The team event will take place over 2 days, August 19-20. The individual jumping event will follow a rest period, commencing Aug 23-24.
Pearl Morgan will be running the 200m on Friday August 22nd heats start at 20:35 (CST). In addition to the individual event Pearl will be a part of a mixed 8x100m relay set for the 26th at 16:00. Training has been going well, the first few days of training were held at the village tracks. Training sessions will commence at the Olympic stadium on Tuesday with a focus on starts and adjusting to the stadium environment.
In addition to training and competition all the athletes attending the Youth Olympic Games participate in a number of cultural and education programs gaining valuable knowledge and skills in a variety of areas including; healthy cooking, environmental protection, digital media, agriculture and the Olympic Journey.
Jade Webster was sent to Nanjing to take part in the Young Reporter’s programme. Ms. Webster describes her experience as, “one word, amazing!"
Young reporter Jade Webster has been in Nanjing for a week, and says she has been a part of a programme, a programme much more than she can ever imagine. In the first few days Webster has written athletic profiles on past Olympians, attended guest speaker sessions with the President of the International Olympic Committee himself and represented the Young Reporters Programme at a press conference, where she spoke about her passion of becoming a better journalists. This week she will be attending intensive training courses in all fields of journalism (Magazine Editoials, Broadcast, Text and Social Media), with mentors from around the world, including CCN Journalist Tracey Holmes, Photographer Nick Didlick and Head of the IOC Media Operations Anthony Edgar.
Webster is staying at the Youth Olympic village with the athletes, normally journalists wouldn't be allowed to stay in the village, so this is a rare and fortunate opportunity. "This is the real deal, this is no 'mini olympics'”