Special Olympics athletes finish with 26 medals in Abu Dhabi finale

Cayman’s Special Olympics athletes finished with 26 medals Wednesday (20) earning 10 gold, 7 silver and 9 bronze over five days of competition at the 2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Abu Dhabi.

On the track, Cayman took three medals in the 800-metres with Jaheim Ebanks (2:31.48), Matthew Ebanks (2:19.15) and Julius Smith (2:21.31) all winning their second individual medal of the games. The trio, alongside Jordan Mclean, went on to win silver in the 4×100 relay with a time of 51.09.

In the pool, the quartet of Dayana Powery, Alec Cox, Matthew Javier and Keanu McKenzie won bronze in the 4x50m relay clocking in at 3:01.45. Swimmer Anechell Newman won her first medal of the games with a bronze in the 50-metre backstroke clocking in at 1:49.90.

On the hardwood, Cayman’s Unified Basketball team defeated Bharat 31-26 in overtime to take the gold.

The duo of Khaled Arana and Unified partner Nadesha Kelly also won their first medal of the games, taking gold in Unified Doubles Bocce.

The closing ceremonies take place Thursday 21 March. Team Cayman is due to arrive Saturday 23 March at the Owen Roberts International Airport at 5:50 p.m.

Here is an entire medal table for Special Olympics Cayman Islands tracked by Cayman 27:

26 medals 
Gold, Matthew Ebanks, 800m
Gold, Matthew Ebanks, 400m
Gold, Jaheim Ebanks, 800m
Gold, Jaheim Ebanks, 400m
Gold, Julius Smith, 800m
Gold, Tessa Terry, 200m
Gold, Tessa Terry, 100m
Gold, Men’s 4x100m relay
Silver, Chelsea Frederick, Shot Put
Silver, Chelsea Frederick, Mini Javelin
Bronze, Jordan McLean, 100m
Bronze, Julius Smith, 1500m
Bronze, Lewin Solomon Jr, 400m
Gold, Keanu McKenzie, 200m breast
Gold, Alec Cox, 800m free
Silver, Dayana Powery, 100 free
Silver, Dayana Powery, 100 im
Silver, Keanu McKenzie, 100 im
Bronze, Keanu McKenzie, 200m im
Bronze, Anechell Newman, 50m back
Bronze, Mixed 4x50m Relay (Alec Cox, Dayana Powery, Keanu McKenzie, Matthew Javier)
Bronze, Dayana Powery, 200m free
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Silver, Kanza Bodden & Jennifer Powell, 1500m Unified
Bronze, Rasheed Lawrence & Lee Hart, 1500m Unified
Gold, Men’s Unified
Gold, Unified Doubles, Khaled Arana and Nadesha Kelly
Tagsabu dhabi alec cox anechell newman dayana powery jaheim ebanks julius smith keanu mckenzie Khaled Arana matthew ebanks matthew javier SOCI Special Olympics special olympics world summer games world summer games

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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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