Surviving the Caribbean
If you're going into the sea, remember to take your phone out of
your pocket first ... doh!
#2: If you open the fridge and see a birthday cake in
there, don't ask the person whose birthday it is "what's that
cake doing in there?"
#3: Remember which handle is the throttle ...
Watch out for those pesky stingrays ...
All Set for 2010
Dan Kneipp proudly unveils
next year's event
have spoken a lot about the dream of hosting the 2010 event on a
glass court, and how the 2010 tournament will be the vehicle
that allows us to offer free squash to Cayman Juniors.
"We are extremely pleased to announce that Camana Bay has
confirmed that they'll not only be a Major Sponsor for the 2010
event, but also the Site Sponsor.
"We'll place a 4-sided glass court with
tiered seating at Camana Bay's Crescent, on the water's edge
surrounded by palm trees. There will be a lot more details on
this, but we are ecstatic to partner with Camana Bay to make
this event possible.
Tuned in to Cayman
What a surprise, when the first qualifying match opened with
player walk-ons to their National Anthem, a rousing
mini-profile, and loud, loud, music ... and it's continued
for every match since - "I've been to World Open Finals with
less buildup than this!", quipped one spectator ...
The music is certainly rousing, although some of the track
choices raised an eyebrow or two ... here's a selection
Isabelle Stoehr - bad as a bone
Nicol David - whine up
Natalie Grainger - born in the USA (well, almost)
Natalie Grinham - the final countdown
Anna-Carin Forstadius - dancing queen
Jaclyn Hawkes - the haka (fantastic!)
Clint Pompey (Prospect Primary)
Cayman XTRAS ... #1
The 2009 Cayman Open got under way with the Minister of Sport,
Mr Alden McLaughlin, presenting $10,000 of squash
equipment donated by Dunlop to the JSM - Junior Squash for
Life - programme.
The minister doesn't play squash, but has been active in many
sports throughout his life, and was impressed with the stature
of the event and the opportunities it provides for the junior
In attendance were pupils from two local schools who grabbed
handfuls of rackets, bags, balls and grips for for the
photoshoot (they're only allowed to take on racket each home
though!), who were then taken onto court for clinics with some
of the Caribbean's top players - Karen Meakins, Gavin
Cumberbatch, Shawn Simpson and Steve Smith.
These clinics will continue each day of the tournament, meaning
a whole lot of kids will be exposed to the upper echelons of the
game, and hopefully have a great time too ...
wonderful to see a world class event like this here in Cayman,
it's huge for us, and a great chance for these kids to
experience squash with some of the Caribbean and world's best
"We've been focusing on upgrading facilities to make Cayman a
destination for international sports events, we just had an
international beach volleyball competition, our football
facilities are good we're looking to host at least a regional
"In the four years since Hurricane Ivan we've rebuilt virtually
all the government-owned sports facilities and helped many of
the private clubs, spending around $25m US.
"That this squash tournament has attracted the world's best
players and such international attention
Minister for Sports (among other things)