The Cayman Islands Olympic Committee is sending a team of six athletes, five team officials and one young reporter to Nanjing, China for the Youth Olympic Games from Aug. 16 to 28.
The athletes will compete in four disciplines – athletics, equestrian, gymnastics and sailing. A team that’s twice the size of the 2010 Singapore Youth Olympic Games, Cayman athletes will be competing in Gymnastics and Equestrian for the first time.
In athletics, Jamal Walton and Pearl Morgan compete in the 400 m and 200 m respectively. Rider, Polly Serpell will jump in the individual competition; Morgan Llyod, the youngest athlete at 15, will participate in the individual all-around gymnastics; sailors, Florence Allan and Pablo Bertan compete in the one person dingy.
Swimmer Lauren Hew will not be attending the Youth Olympic Games, as she has not been selected by FINA, swimming's governing body. Hew achieved the B qualifying time standard in the 50m backstroke at the CARIFTA games earlier this year; however, with the large number of athletes that achieved A qualification times, this limits the number of B qualified athletes that can compete.
Jade Webster, a young journalist, has been selected to participate in the Young Reporters Programme for the second Youth Olympic Games.
Webster, representing the Americas, is one of 31 youths around the world to have been selected to participate in the programme. The Young Reporters were selected by the Continental Associations of National Olympic Committees through a rigorous selection process. Representing each of the five continents, they are between the ages of 18 and 24.
Local athletes will be in action from August 18, with Equestrian first up.
All athletes and officials will be traveling to Nanjing early next month in time for the opening ceremony, which is scheduled to take place at 8pm Beijing time, (7am Cayman time) on 16 August at the Nanjing Olympic Sports Centre stadium. The team will attend all cultural and education programs until the closing ceremony on August 28th.