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Cayman Shines in Singapore

Lara Butler takes her mark.

Cayman's Youth Olympic team got off to a good start in Singapore on Sunday (15 August) with swimmer Lara Butler managing a personal best in the woman's 100m backstroke.

Lara now has a few days rest before facing her next race - the woman's 100m butterfly, this Thursday.

Seiji Groome also had his chance yesterday (16 August) and he too swam a personal best of 2:16:84 in the men's 200 individual medley. He will race again Wednesday, 18 August in the men's 200m breaststroke.

Young sailor Lizzy Wauchope will show her mettle in the Byte CII Class when the Youth Olympic Sailing competition begins today. She will compete with sailors from 31 other countries, totting up 16 races before the event concludes on Wednesday, 25 August.

According to Chef de Mission Heather Roffey, Lizzy put in "two solid days of training" at the Singapore National Sailing Centre and she also completed the official practice race.

Lizzy Wauchope tests the waters in Singapore.

"Cayman's flag looked great out on the water, and fans can access pictures posted on the Cayman Islands Sailing Club and National Sailing Centre's Facebook page," she said.

Commenting on the three athletes' achievements, Sports Minister the Hon. Mark Scotland said: "I am delighted that our trio of athletes qualified for the inaugural Youth Olympic Games.

"Competing in Singapore will benefit them on many levels. They have the chance to take on the best of their peers and in the process, they gain exposure to an intense and unique cultural experience that will resonate far beyond the games."

You can keep track of Cayman's athletes and view pictures from the opening ceremony on the Singapore 2010 website, www.singapore2010.sg.

(GIS)

For further information contact: Cornelia Oliver