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.