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Doing Cayman Proud

Lara Butler in action

A triumphant Cayman Islands swim team netted seven medals, including four gold, during this year's CARIFTA swim meet in Barbados, while runner Jorell Belafonte came home with a silver medal.

Lara Butler turned out to be Cayman's latest swimming sensation, raking in four wins, and earning gold medals in the 100m and 200m fly and the 200 and 400m individual medley, all in the girls' 15-17 age group.

Catriona McRae and Geoff Butler added to Cayman's medal count with a second place in the 100m backstroke (girls 11-12), and third places in the 200m backstroke (girls 11-12) and the 1500m freestyle (boys 15-17), respectively.

Podium places apart, the entire team pushed the limits with athletes smashing their own personal records, clocking 21 new personal best times on the first day alone! Performances were no doubt spurred on by Head Coach Dominic Ross's promise to shave a little bit of hair for each athlete posting a new personal best time.

On the athletic side, Jorell Belafonte came second in the 1,500m run (boys 15-17). Three more athletes made personal bests.

The Hon. Minister of Sport Mark Scotland applauded the everyone's performances: "It is good to see athletes reaching their goals and beyond - both the swimmers and other athletes. They are all continuing Cayman's proud CARIFTA history. Many of the records still standing were set by some of our earlier athletes, including Kareem Streete-Thompson, Shaune and Brett Fraser and Heather Roffey," he said.

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