Cayman’s fastest man Kemar Hyman will sit out the 2018 Cayman Invitational in order to honour his late brother Maxwell who lost his battle with Lupus in April.
“I’m not doing the meet only because I knew it would be difficult mentally, so I took the chance to not to do the meet. I’ll make it back with athletics this year.”
Although Hyman won’t be competing, he encourages fans to continue to support the meet and local athletes that will be on display Saturday (2 June).
“I’ve been coming to the Cayman Invitational for five years, it would be really supportive if guys came out and just be supportive of sports in the Cayman Islands.”
The Hyman family will gather along with friends and faculty at John Gray High School from 7:00pm-9:00pm Thursday (31 May) for a candlelight vigil. Hyman says it’s one of the last ways to find closure during this tragedy.
“If anyone that knew Maxwell or me can just come out and show your support. We have one opportunity to do this and do it right, and make a legacy for Maxwell.”
Hyman has not run since the April’s Drake Relays: the same weekend he learned of brother’s passing. He says however he is hoping to build on his positive performance at the Commonwealth Games where he placed fifth overall in the men’s finals.
“Commonwealth Games has really been good, I’ve really transitioned over the years and really showed some good times, and I’m really happy with myself and hopefully my country can see that.”
The Hyman family will hold a funeral for Maxwell Hyman starting at 10:00am at the Lion’s Centre.