Jaime Doak is helping Cayman’s cause in Scotland.
The local artist designed the official pins for the 2014 Commonwealth Games happening in Glasgow from July 23 to Aug. 3. The pins are in the shape of a turtle with a rendering of a Scottish kilt at its center. The Cayman Islands Olympic Committee commissioned Doak to create the piece and issued a statement through its Facebook page urging people to purchase the pins.
Cayman is sending 26 athletes to the 2014 Games. They will compete in seven disciplines – athletics, boxing, cycling, gymnastics, shooting, squash and swimming. It is the largest Commonwealth Games team ever assembled under the Olympic Committee.
In athletics, Cayman will sport Tyrell Cuffy, Ronald Forbes, David Hamil, Kemar Hyman, Troy Long, Carl Morgan, Carlos Morgan and Ashleigh Nalty. Squash features Myron Blair, Eilidh Bridgeman, Julian Jervis, Daniel Murphy, Cameron Stafford and Marlene West.
Geoffrey Butler, Lara Butler, David Ebanks, Brett Fraser, Lauren Hew and Alex McCallum are the swimmers. Christopher Jackson, Edison McLean and Andrew Schirn form the shooting team. Boxer Tafari Ebanks and cyclist Michele Smith rounding out the competitors.
Javelin thrower Alex Pascal, 19, had been selected for the team but was forced to withdraw as he is recovering from Tommy John surgery on his right ulnar collateral ligament that he damaged during training, and he also strained muscles in his forearm. Sprinter Rhymiech Adolphus was also selected but is now unable to attend.
The Olympic Committee has confirmed three dignitaries are heading to Scotland to support the athletes: Governor Helen Kilpatrick, Minister of Sports Osbourne Bodden and chief officer for the Ministry of Health, Sports, Youth and Culture Jennifer Ahearn.
In addition, the Olympic Committee outlined a tentative competition schedule. Local athletes will be in action from 10:47 a.m. Scotland time or 4:47 a.m. Cayman time on July 24 with Geoffrey Butler first up in the men’s 400 meter heats. The opening ceremony is from 8 p.m. Scotland time (2 p.m. Cayman time) from Celtic Park on July 23, with the closing ceremony at the same time at Hampden Park on Aug. 3.