Cayman’s CARIFTA medalists are back home and are being celebrated by the community.
Department of Sports and Sports Ministry leaders 1 April organised a press conference for the teams, which hauled in 22 medals total between the CARIFTA Swimming Championships and CARIFTA Track and Field Championships.
“What we asked for from the athletes was to give it their best and to achieve their best and certainly I think the results speak for themselves,” Sports Minister Hon. Osbourne Bodden said.
Several of the athletes spoke at the function. Among them, swimmer Catriona MacRae, who won gold this year in her final CARIFTA competition as she ages out following this season.
“It’s a really great meet just to meet a lot of people,” she said. “I know friendships that I’ll have forever and it’s nice when the two clubs come together. I feel like we really build on each other and just help each other perform.”
Cayman’s track athletes won seven medals in Grenada. Two of them came from Lacee Barnes, who won shot put gold and discus silver.
“I told everyone that my strongest event was discus and I actually hated shot put,” Barnes said. “There was a point I actually wanted to drop it. I even told coach (Kenrick Williams) a couple months before, I was like ‘coach I don’t think I want to do shot put again.’ So the fact that I got the gold in that was extremely funny.”