(CMR) The Special Olympics Cayman Islands team was celebrated at the Owen Roberts International Airport when they returned from the World Championships on Tuesday.
The team did exceptionally well, winning several medals, including gold medals.
The World Games was held from 17 – 25 June in Berlin, Germany, with approximately 7,000 Special Olympics athletes and Unified partners from 190 countries competing in 26 sports. Sixteen athletes represented the Cayman Islands at the Games.
Shanike Ebanks took home Gold for Cayman in the women’s shot put event, while Tivon Gerraway placed 6th in the men’s event.
In the men’s swimming event, Rasheed Lawrence took home Bronze in the open water swim and placed 4th in the 800m, while Matthew Javier placed 7th in the 100m.
In women’s swimming, Kanza Bodden took Gold in the 200m and bronze in the 400m, Dayana Powery took silver in the 200m freestyle, and 4th in the 100m butterfly.
In powerlifting, Dante Thompson took 4th place in the squat, bronze in the bench press, bronze in the deadlift, and bronze overall, while Jordan McLean took 4th place in the bench press, squat, deadlift, and overall.
On the track, the male won several medals: Lewin Solomon won silver in the 200m while Javaughnie Thomas won bronze.
The team Elijah Lawrence, Javaughnie Thomas, Julius Smith, and Lewin Solomon won silver in the 400m relay.
The females also did well, with Tessa Terry getting bronze in the 100m. Shanike Ebanks also won Bronze in the 50m.