Cayman Special Olympian nominated for award

| 02/10/2009

(CNS): Special Olympics Cayman Islands athlete Andrew Smiley has been nominated for an open water swim of the year award. Last month Smiley competed in the RCP Tiburon Mile Swim held in San Francisco Bay’s Raccoon Strait, where he placed 107th overall out of a field of 800 swimmers in this premier open water swim event. He also placed third in the 19-29 age group in the non-wetsuit division in what was his first cold-water experience. Congratulating him on his outstanding performance, Sport Minister Mark Scotland said, “Andrew is an exceptional athlete and proves that where there is a will, there are no boundaries."

Scotland continued, "This athlete’s hard work, dedication and perseverance have deservedly earned him my respect, and I applaud him for being a positive role model for our young people. I am therefore thrilled that Andrew’s stellar performance has received international recognition. His performance has been nominated as one of the greatest open water swims of the year.”

The Minister encouraged people to vote for Smiley on ‘The Water is Open’ website’s online poll to show support for this outstanding Cayman athlete.

Click here to vote for Andrew Smiley


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  1. Anonymous says:

    I have voted already wish I could more than once, you would sure get lots more from me. Keep up the good work ANDREW………….. I first posted at 15:57 which is when I voted.

    Come on CAYMAN give Andrew your votes

  2. Anonymous says:

     So, so proud of you, Andrew!  You’re an inspiration to us all.  Congratulations! 🙂

  3. Anonymous says:

    Give me an "A"

    Give me a   "N"

    Give me a   "D"

    Give me an "R"

    Give me an "E"

    Give me an "W"

    What’s that spell?  Andrew!!!!!!!!!!  Go Andrew go!  You can do it buddy!

  4. Anonymous says:

    Go Andrew go! 

  5. wesbaya says:

    Congratulations, Andrew! You’re still ahead.

    Refreshing to read about this accomplishment amid all the negativity and bickering.

    Go vote for him, Cayman.

  6. Your greatest fan says:

    Congratulations Andrew, you have my vote!

    You are more than deserving of any award!  Your innner strength and determination is an inspiration to us all so keep your head up and go forth and conquer!

    May God’s richest blessings be bestowed upon you now and forever!

    Lots of love and best wishes in your future endeavours!



  7. Anonymous says:

    Andrew, we’re so very proud of you. I just voted and you are leading. Hope ourpeople keep voting because it is open until December 31st.

    Keep up the good work son.

  8. eric says:

    Congratulations — it must have been a remarked difference as your first open water event. I understand without a wet suit in the chilly water off San Fran — that’s determination!

  9. da wa ya get says:

    I just voted for you Andrew. Congratulations!

  10. Anonymous says:

    Congratulations to you Andrew you have made your family and the Cayman Islands very proud. Continue to reach for your gold………………

  11. Anonymous says:

    Excellent job Andrew! You the man! By the way, I just voted for you and you’re in the lead. 🙂

  12. Anonymous says:

    Congratulation to you Andrew, keep your head up and who said we can’t produce some great athletees.

    I for one could not last five minutes in that water, but you did it.

    Great job.