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.”
Derek Larner (Coach)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mary Jane Visto
Bernard Nicolas De Villiers
In total, 24 islands will be participating in the games with Gibraltar playing host for the second time.