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Cayman Islands team named for 18th Island Games

Local organizers announced the team that will represent the Cayman Islands Tuesday (18 June) for the 18th NatWest Island Games held 6-12 July in Gibraltar.

Looking to better a 10th place standing in 2017 and a medal count of seven gold, ten silver and eight bronze medals, Cayman will see 80 athletes compete in 12 sports over six days.

“I am pleased to announce the names of athletes who will be representing the Cayman Islands at the 2019 Island Games,” said Island Games Committee President Janet Sairsingh. “We have a strong team across the respective sports and we are expecting to medal in various sports.”

Athletics
Danielle Bailey
Kashief Dawkins
Brandon Williams
Jeavhon Jackson
Victor Magalhaes
Karim Murray
Michael Smikle
Louis Gordon
Carl Morgan
Derek Larner (Coach)
Patrick Harfield

Notes: Leading the way in 2017 with twelve of the country’s 25 medals, Cayman will see just two medalists return to the 2019 squad with 2017 gold and silver medal jumper Carl Morgan, as well as 400-metre hurdles bronze medalist Jeavhon Jackson. Morgan, 33, holds the Island Games triple jump record of 15.68-metres from 2011. Also not returning are 2017 record breakers Alex Pascal, Jamal Walton, and reigning 100-metre champion Kemar Hyman.

Men Basketball
Samuel O’Garro
Shaad O’Garro
Davion Cotterell
Jake Whittaker
NiiAkwei General
Philip Webb
Joshua O’Garro
Tikko Moore
Juawon Ebanks
Arin Taylor
Kai Robinson
Joshua Dikau

Notes: After winning its first gold medal in Islands Games history, the Cayman Islands national men’s basketball team will aim to defend its title with eight of 12 returners in Gibraltar. Cayman defeated the 2019 host nation 82-80 in the men’s gold medal game.

Swimming
Elana Sinclair
Samantha Bailey
Alison Jackson
Avery Lambert
Jillian Crooks
Raya Embury-Brown
Kyra Rabess
Cole Morgan
John Bodden
Jordan Crooks

Notes: A group of relatively fresh faces will head to Gibraltar in 2019 for the Cayman Islands. Although none of Cayman’s 2017 medalists return such as double silver and double bronze medalist Lauren Hew, and double bronze medalist Eddie Weber, Cayman should best their six medal performance in 2017 after another record breaking performance at the 34th CARIFTA Championships.

Beach Volleyball
Marissa Harrison
Ileann Powery
Jessica Wolfenden
Stefania Gandolfi
Richard Campbell
Nathan Dack

Notes: Looking to medal for the first time since 2015, the Cayman Islands Volleyball Federation will send three of six former medalists to Gibraltar for the 2019 Islands Games. The team of Jessica Wolfenden and Stefania Gandolfi aim to medal for the second time after winning gold in Jersey in 2015. Wolfenden also won silver in 2013 alongside Cristin Alexander at the Island Games in Bermuda. Also returning to the sand is 2013 silver medalist Richard Campbell who teams with Nathan Dack. Ileann Powery will team with Marissa Harrison.

Shooting
Ales Cevela

Notes: After tying for the second-highest medal count at the 2017 Islands Games, Cayman’s sport shooters send just one athlete to the games after a team of five won four silver and two bronze medals in Gotland. This year’s lone shooter, Ales Cevela, won silver alongside William Campney in both the International Practical Shooting Confederation (IPSC) Open and Standard Team competition.

Women Basketball
Courtisha Ebanks
Hannah Parchment
Khailan O’Connor
Dionne Anglin
Yolanni Manzanares
Michal Segal
Neandra Forbes-Morgan
Stacey-Ann Kelly
Alicia Turner
Melissa Bridgemohan
Scimone Chin

The Cayman Islands national women’s team will look to medal for the first time since winning gold in 2005 after placing fourth in Gotland in 2017. In 2001, Cayman won gold in their inaugural appearance at the Islands Games on the Isle of Man. They followed with a bronze in Guernsey in 2003 and a second gold in 2005.

Squash
Cameron Stafford
Julian Jervis
Jake Kelly
Marlene West
Eilidh Bridgeman
Jade Pitcairn
Lara Conolly

Notes: The Cayman Islands National Squash Association will look to regain the magic of 2013 when it swept the team competition winning gold in men’s, women’s, and mixed doubles along with the team event. Medal hopefuls include Pan American Squash Championships silver medalists Marlene West and Cameron Stafford, as well as CAC Games medalists Eilidh Bridgeman and Jade Pitcairn.

Triathlon
Alyssa Dodson
Laura Hicks
Gabe Rabess
Patrick Harfield

The Cayman Islands triathletes will look to top an all-time best women’s silver and men’s bronze in the team event from 2001. Leading the way is the Cayman Islands top multisport athlete Patrick Harfield. The Portsmouth native is the three-time Cayman Islands Triathlon champion and course record holder, the reigning Cayman Islands Half-Marathon winner, the Mercuryman Triathlon amateur course record holder and the McGrath Tonner Duathlon course record holder.

Table Tennis
Donovan Nelson
Leigh Hipkins
Wayne Alexander
Wayne Haye
Mary Jane Visto
Isaacs Christine

Cycling
Michael Testori

Tennis
Callum Theaker
Daniel Reid
Bernard Nicolas De Villiers
Jake Booker
Oskar Bjuroe
Willow Wilkinson
Lauren Fullerton
Jade Wilkinson
Ilona Groark

Sailing
Rob Jackson
Will Jackson

In total, 24 islands will be participating in the games with Gibraltar playing host for the second time.

About the author

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 333.6521 or jordanarmenise@hurleysmedia.ky.

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