Cayman Islands at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games
The Cayman Islands Olympic Committee (CIOC) and Commonwealth Games Association (CGA) are delighted to officially announce the Cayman Islands National Team competing in the upcoming Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games from July 23rd to August 3rd in Scotland. The Cayman Islands will be represented by 28 athletes across 7 sports - Athletics, Boxing, Cycling, Gymnastics, Shooting, Squash and Swimming. The athletes are as follows:
Most of the athletes are familiar faces with national and international exploits and the CIOC intends to highlight them as they prepare for the upcoming Games.
“This is the largest team that we have ever sent to a Commonwealth Games, in more sports than ever represented and we’re extremely excited to support our athletes who have worked so hard to get here,” said CIOC President Donald McLean.
Cayman is entering the competition on a high, as track star Cydonie Mothersill-Stephens won the first Gold medal for the Cayman Islands at the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games. Mothersill-Stephens, recently retired, is content to be watching from the sidelines this year, “I have accomplished what I’ve wanted to accomplish, which was to bring home a Gold medal, and I am excited to watch all of our athletes compete this summer.” She is not only the Meet Director of the Cayman Invitational but is now heavily involved in the administration for the Cayman Islands Amateur Athletics Association as the First Vice President and hopes to use her years of experience on the track to benefit Cayman’s youth.
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 due to World War II). The Commonwealth Games are described as the third largest multi-sport event in the world, after the Olympic Games and the Asian Games. The Games are overseen by the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF), which also controls the sporting program and selects the host cities. The costs of hosting the event will be shared by the CGF and the host city, while the travel costs of athletes and coaches are paid by the CGF.
There are only 53 members of the Commonwealth of Nations; however 70 teams participate in the Commonwealth Games as a number of British Overseas Territories such as the Cayman Islands, 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.
Apart from many Olympic sports, additional sports that are played largely in Commonwealth countries, such as Squash and Netball, are included in the competition schedule for Glasgow. The Opening Ceremony for the 2014 Games will take place on July 23rd with the Closing Ceremony planned for August 3rd. The CIOC will release information on the support team and the events in which athletes will compete, in the upcoming weeks.
For more information please visit the Official Website for the Games: https://www.glasgow2014.com/
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