Cayman Islands Athletics Association President Dr. Dalton Watler says changes are coming in the way the CIAA checks its coaches are law-abiding citizens.
His remarks come a week after a youth track and field athlete reported to police an indecent assault by her coach.
Cayman 27 is not naming the coach nor other details in order to protect the identity of the alleged victim.
“This incident that happened makes us realize that we need to be more careful in how we select coaches,” Watler said. “The business has changed completely. Now I’m almost certain my Executive Committee will look into it and we will put into place measurements to try to prevent these kind of problems.”
Less than two years ago, a youth football coach was sent to prison for having a sex with an underage player.
Cayman 27 did a series following the sentence looking at what checks are in place to ensure prospective coaches aren’t capable of this behaviour. There are no over-arching policies in place. In fact, it’s up to each sport — and sometimes each club within a sport — to set their own policies regarding background checks or other preventative measures.
At that time, Watler said the CIAA would not change its hiring policies. After this most recent incident, however, he says changes are coming. He warns, however, changes to the CIAA’s by-laws alone won’t prevent incidences like this.
“Human beings do whatever they want to do,” he said. “It hurts when people let you down. Not because you put a measurement (in place), because you can put a measurement in place… it’s the fact that people again break that trust.”
He believes the government, sports associations and sports clubs must come together to curb youth athletes being taken advantage of.
Police have not filed any charges in this most recent incident. They believe the coach involved has fled the country.