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Cayman at the Island Games

A group of athletes at the Cayman Islands reception.

A large contingent of approximately 100 people is representing the Cayman Islands at the 2011 NatWest Island Games taking place in the Isle of Wight from 25 June to 1 July.

Events kicked off on Saturday 25 June with a procession of costumed carnival performers through the streets of Ryde, followed by the teams, who gathered in a sea-front location for the Opening Ceremony. The compere introduced the teams to the VIP audience and Lord Coe (Olympic Gold Medallist and Chairman of the London Olympic Games Organising Committee) performed the Official Opening. The event was shown on live screens at two other locations in the town.

The sports started on Sunday 26 June at a range of different venues across the island and the Cayman Islands is winning medals. The weather played its part and this helped the Cayman team to settle in and also to see the Island at its best.

On Monday evening a Reception was held for the Cayman Islands Team at the Royal Yacht Squadron in Cowes.

Arrangements to secure this prestigious venue were made through former Governor, John Owen, who is a resident and Deputy Lieutenant of the Isle of Wight. Guests appreciated the special and historic location and were pleased to see the Cayman Islands flag flying at the entrance.

Queensgate Bank kindly sponsored the Reception and Chairman, Andreas Ugland, flew from Norway specially in order to attend. On a fine evening when guests could stand outside on the terrace facing the Solent, the team members enjoyed meeting the Lord Lieutenant of the Isle of Wight, the Leader of the Council and some Island residents with Cayman Islands connections.

John Owen and Andreas Ugland each gave a short address, and Richard Parchment (Chairman of the Cayman Island Games Association) read out a message from The Premier, Hon McKeeva Bush. Staff from the Cayman Islands London Office were also present.

Mary Chandler-Allen, Acting Representative in the London Office, said: "We wish the team well for the remainder of the Games and look forward to further success stories."

For further information contact: Bina Mani