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Smiley receives badge of honour from Prince Charles of Wales

Special Olympics Cayman Islands (SOCI) athlete Andrew Smiley was awarded a certificate and badge of honour Thursday (28 March) as part of a reception for The Royal Visit held at Pedro St. James Castle.

Accompanied onto the stage by Special Olympics Cayman Islands Unified Basketball Head Coach Fareed Hosein, Smiley bowed to His Royal Highness Prince Charles of Wales who adorned the medal onto the 5-time Special Olympics athletes lapel, as well as exchanging a few words of encouragement.

“The Prince asked how I was doing, if I was doing good in Special Olympics, and I told him yes,” said Smiley in an interview with Cayman 27 during a live broadcast of the event. “He asked if I was going to help out the kids, and I told him I was going to do that too.”

Smiley has competed in five Special Olympics World Summer Games, winning gold in both the Open Water in 2011, and in Unified Basketball in Abu Dhabi this month. The 29-year old was selected to play in the 8th Annual NBA Cares Unified Sports Game as part of the 2019 NBA All-Star Game.

Smiley also mentors other Special Olympics athletes as part of the Special Olympics Athletes Leadership Programme.

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Jordan Armenise

Jordan Armenise

Jordan Armenise began his sports broadcasting journey with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League (CFL). It was in this role where he was able to craft the immersive and enthusiastic approach to reporting, broadcasting and production you see here today in Cayman's sports community.

Jordan has also worked behind the scenes for a number of Canadian broadcasting & production companies such as CBC Sports, Cineflix Productions and Cream Productions.

Did he mention he was St. Clare of Assisi's 1994 Athlete of the Year?

Now dubbed 'The Sports Guy', Jordan relishes the role as Cayman 27 Sports Producer, where he can tell the stories of Cayman’s athletes. You can reach Jordan at or .

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