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There was a testy exchange Monday (10 October) in the Legislative Assembly between Sports Minister Hon. Osbourne Bodden and former head of the Cayman Islands Athletics Association (CIAA) and current West Bay MLA Bernie Bush.

Mr. Bush pressed the Minister on why Government is funding the CIAA at its current level of more than $135,000 during this budget cycle.

The Minister responded the funding was increased so the CIAA could hire Cydonie Mothersill as an instructor. Ms. Mothersill recently stepped down as CIAA President.

Mr. Bush went on to questions Ms. Mothersill’s coaching qualifications and asked why her employment wasn’t listed in budget documents earlier this year.

“Nothing about salaries,” Mr. Bush said. “So how come the hiring of Ms. Cydonie Mothersill is now in this (document) and was this job advertised?”

Mr. Bodden responded that the process was for Government to give the CIAA money and for them to complete the hire.

“The person we’re talking about is our most celebrated athlete,” Mr. Bodden said. “CARIFTA champion. 2010 gold medalist at the Commonwealth Games. Cydonie brings a lot to the table. She also has a certain degree, level of coaching.”

It’s not clear how much money Ms. Mothersill is being paid by the CIAA, of which she was President before stepping down last month.

An e-mail sent to Ms. Mothersill asking for comment on the matter was not returned by air time.

Last week, we told you how several CIAA members question the way the association leaders are spending its money and tracking expenses.

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Kevin Morales

Kevin Morales

Cayman 27 News Director Kevin Morales is an award-winning journalist with more than 12 years of experience. Kevin is a Milwaukee, Wis., native. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in journalism in 2005 from the University of Minnesota. He's a proud father and a loyal fan of the Green Bay Packers, Milwaukee Brewers, Milwaukee Bucks and U of M Golden Gophers.

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