Cayman Islands Olympic President Donald McLean says Cayman’s top track and field athletes and coaches may soon be able to train with some of the world’s best.
McLean says the CIOC is in talks with Texas-based Michael Johnson Performance, which provides training to athletes from youth to professional levels and is founded by the four-time Olympic champion.
The first step is for a group from the company to arrive in Cayman to do an assessment of the sporting landscape and identify talent.
“We have it here, we just need to identify them,” McLean said of talented local athletes. “And then we need to get behind them and; the primary thing is funding and structure. Getting to go to all the competitions, make sure they have a good coach, make sure they have nutritionist, sports psychologist, physiotherapist services; the whole package. Up until now, we — the Cayman Islands — haven’t been doing that. We think it’s something necessary.”
McLean says the CIOC would not foot the bill to hire the services of MJP and the CIOC is currently reaching out for sponsorship and public funding.