This month, the Cayman Islands will play host to two major international sporting events: the 48th Annual CARIFTA Games and the 2019 NORCECA Beach Volleyball Tournament.
Pilar Bush, Dart Executive Vice President for Marketing, says Dart’s role as a major sponsor of both events aligns with its commitment to the sustainable economic development of the Cayman Islands.
“Sport has an important role to play in both youth development and the diversification of the Cayman Islands’ tourism product,” she says, noting that the sports tourism market is expected to grow 36% by 2023.
“With a range of first-class sporting facilities, the Cayman Islands provides the ideal setting for high-profile events like CARIFTA and NORCECA,” Bush says.
CARIFTA: APRIL 20-22
Taking place over the Easter weekend at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex, the 2019 CARIFTA Games mark the country’s third time hosting the internationally acclaimed sporting event.
For local qualifiers like 15 year-old Levi Superville, who formed part of the Cayman Islands delegation in 2018 and will represent his country in the 1500m and 3000m races at this year’s event, the CARIFTA Games are a chance to demonstrate their dedication and drive to the world.
“I feel very confident going into this year’s CARIFTA Games because at the CUC CARIFTA Trials in March I made a time for the 1500m of 4.14 and I’m pretty confident that I can medal this year,” he says. “Last year the athlete in second place got a time of 4.15, therefore I think I can make it this year and push for the podium finish.”
NORCECA: APRIL 26-28
After a break in 2018, the NORCECA Beach Volleyball Tournament returns to Seven Mile Public Beach as one of the first stops on the 2019 NORCECA tour during which competing teams from 16 countries will start their bid to accumulate points to qualify for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.
Cayman Islands Volleyball Federation President Kennedy McGowan says the tournament is a popular event with local residents and has earned the country a glowing reputation in the volleyball community.
“This is CIVF’s 10th year hosting, which is a testament to the quality of the event here in Cayman, how well organised it is and the confidence NORCECA has that we will put on a good show,” he says.