The Cayman Islands Olympic Committee (CIOC) was proud to welcome home our athletes who competed in the XVI Pan American Games held in Guadalajara, Mexico during October 2011.
12 athletes went to Guadalajara representing Cayman for the XVI Pan American Games from October 14th to the 30th in the Athletics, Swimming, Shooting and Equestrian events.
The Pan American Games are the second largest multi-sport event after the Summer Olympic Games. The competition is held between athletes from nations of the Americas, held every four years in the year before the Summer Olympic Games.
In Swimming, Cayman Islands’ Brett and Shaune Fraser win gold and silver in the men’s 200m Freestyle final.
Brett Fraser, gold medalist: “It feels spectacular. I still can’t believe what just happened. My brother and I are very happy because we shared the podium, he’s always been an example to follow. This is a great moment for my country.”
Shaune Fraser, silver medalist: “This is my second Pan American medal. My brother and I talked about making the 1-2, no matter in what order. In the pool, it is a competition between us both. Outside the pool we get along great. This is the second time he beats me.”
Carl and Carlos Morgan made their presence known in the Long Jump, Carl placing 10th in the finals with a jump of 7.38m. Michael Letterlough represented in the Hammer Throw placing 12th with a throw of 57.72m. Junior Hines made his first appearance in the Pan Am Games placing 5th in his preliminary heat of the 400m Hurdles with a time of 52.36s. Jon Rankin endured strong competition to place 4th in the 1500m with a time of 3:54.79. Jon also had a strong finish in the 800m finals, placing 7th with a time of 1:52.72.
Michael Letterlough – Hammer Throw
Carl Morgan – Long Jump
Carlos Morgan – Long Jump
Junior Hines – 400m Hurdles
Jon Rankin – 1500m
Tori Flowers and Lara Butler made their first appearance at the Pan American Games, proving very competitive and having a great experience. Shaune won the first medal in Guadalajara, placing 3rd in the 100m Freestyle with brother Brett Fraser close behind, placing 5th. With a Pan American record, Brett won the first ever gold medal for Cayman in the 200m Freestyle with Shaune right behind winning the silver. The Frasers also impressed, placing top 5 in the 50m Freestyle and 100m Butterfly finals.
Shaune Fraser – 100m, 200m & 400m Freestyle, 100m & 200m Butterfly
Brett Fraser – 50m, 100m & 200m Freestyle, 200m Backstroke & 100m Butterfly
Lara Butler – 100m & 200m Butterfly, 200m & 400m Individual Medley
Tori Flowers – 800m Freestyle
18th October report: Cayman Islands Break Pan American Record
Brett and Shaune Fraser make the one-two for Cayman Islands
Cayman Islands’ Brett and Shaune Fraser won gold and silver in the men’s 200m Freestyle final, held at the Scotiabank Aquatics Center tonight. Brett also broke the Pan American record of 1’48”.49/100, set by Brazil’s Gustavo Borges at the 1995 Pan American Games in Mar de Plata. Brett Fraser finished with a time of 1’47”.18/100, almost one second under from the previous record.
The second spot was Shaune Fraser with a time of 1’48”.29/100, while the third position was for Paraguay’s Benjamin Hockin with a registered time of 1’48”.48/100. United States Matthew Edward Patton finished fourth with 1’48”.64/100; and his fellow countryman Douglas Robinson was fifth with 1’48”.71/100. Sixth and seventh spots were for Venezuela’s Cristian Quintero (1’49”.44/100), and Brazil’s Andre Schultz (1’50”.04/100). Daniele Tirabassi from Venezuela was eighth (1’52”.31/100).
Mario Montoya from Costa Rica was first in the B Final with 1’53”.13/100. Second and third spots were for Mexico’s Gustavo Berretta (1’53”.16/100) and Gerardo Bañuelos (1’53”.26/100).
Christopher Jackson and Edison McLean both made a strong presence in the Games for Cayman competing in the Trap and Skeet events respectively. Christopher achieved a total score of 107 points in the Men’s Trap event, while Edison achieved a total score of 110 points in the Men’s Skeet event.
Edison McLean - Trap
Christopher Jackson - Trap
Jessica McTaggart is the first Caymanian to qualify and compete in the Pan American Games. With a very admirable ride she, along with her horse Ray of Light, achieved a score of 60.921% in the Dressage Individual Event.
Jessica McTaggart – Dressage Individual
Accompanying the athletes were technical staff with Bruce Blake heading the team as the Chef de Mission. The Team Manager for Athletics was Michael Nalty and Athletics Coach was Kenrick Williams. Bethany Cook went as Swimming’s Team Manager and Physiotherapist along with Coach Dominic Ross.
The Team Manager for Equestrian was Mary McTaggart, the Groom was Christopher De Lara and Jessica’s horse “Ray of Light” competed with her in her event. Shooting sent Team Manager Kevin Schirn and the General Team Physiotherapist Al Bartice.
The CIOC President Donald McLean and Secretary General Carson Ebanks were also in attendance, along with family and friends of those participating.
The Pan American Sports Organization (PASO) and the Cayman Islands Olympic Fundraising Committee (CIOFC) aided the CIOC in funding the participation in these games, assisting in the cost of accommodation, airfare, outfitting the team and Games pins.
The pins for the XVI Pan American Games were designed by local artist Jamie Doak and have been given to the delegation to distribute while in Guadalajara.
Official website for the XVI Pan American Games:
Also note that the CIOC now has a Facebook Page where there will be results and pictures from these Games: