Cayman Islands Athletics Association (CIAA) President Lance Barnes says a focus on transparency and athlete development for members and the public will continue now that Liz Smith has been elected First Vice President.
“One of the things I need to do is support the President and ensure he continues in his role” said Smith. “I promised the members I would ensure the success of the association. That means development for our athletes, members, officials and coaches. There’s quite a bit of work to be done.”
At its Annual General Meeting, held 31 October, Smith was elected to the post after former First Vice President Theo Cuffy resigned earlier in the year. Barnes says he’s hoping she can hit the ground running.
“Liz has been an outstanding member for years. She’s given a lot, and she knows the sport quite well. I feel more comfortable that I have someone to turn to, anytime, just to assist in carrying out tasks.”
Smith says added support for both athletes and coaches will be an immediate focus. Smith says the hiring of Grenadian Paul Phillip to work with youth and senior throwers on a contract basis signals that change.
“The sport is very club oriented. What was recognized was the is that certain areas of athletics require certain expertise, one being throws. There are other areas to be worked on as well. A development programme is being developed and will support all athletes, locally and overseas.”
Barnes added in December, Cayman will welcome back one of its most celebrated athletes.
“In December, Kareem and his team will be in Cayman for two-and-a-half weeks for a training camp.”
Barnes added a local gym membership and free beverages for athletes are smaller initiatives the association is working to satisfy based on member feedback.