Champ has ‘Cayman soul’

| 12/10/2010

Cayman Islands News, Cydonie Mothersill(CNS): Following her historic win in the 200m finals yesterday (Monday 11 October) at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi, Cayman’s Cydonie Mothersill told the international press that she had welcomed the challenges in her career because she had “Cayman soul". The sprinter has attracted considerable media attention since she claimed gold in India in an emphatic victory over England’s Abiodun Oyepitan in 22.89 seconds. Mothersill will enter the history books in the Cayman Islands as the first athlete to secure a gold medal at the games. “I am so excited to bring home the gold. It’s my first one and I am savouring the moment," Mothersill told the international press.

"I am so happy," she added on winning her country’s inaugural gold. "I have welcomed the challenges because I have Cayman soul."
Mothersill competed a day late following an appeal over the disqualification of the fastest qualifier, Elena Artymata of Cyprus, who stepped out of her lane in her semi-final. Mothersill said she tried to blank out the disqualification disruption. "The officials made the decision. It was not my concern, I knew what I had to do and thatwas to finish on top of the podium," she said. "I finished fourth in Melbourne and I knew that was not going to happen today." 
Cayman Islands News, Cydonie MothersillSilver medallist Oyepitan, from England paid tribute to Mothersill’s speed.  "I wanted to have a go at Cydonie but she’s got the legs for it and I haven’t," admitted Oyepitan.
This is not only Cayman’s but Mothersill’s first gold at a major world competition and it comes when, at 32, the sprinter has found herself on the podium at numerous competitions this season.
The local athlete has secured three top podium places this year on the international track and field circuit. Her first victory came in Cork, Ireland (3 July), then in Rethynmo, Greece (7 July), followed by a win at the Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Games in Mayaguez, Mexico (28 July). 

Cayman Islands News, Cydonie MothersillOn hearing the news yesterday Sports Minister Mark Scotland said, “We are all so tremendously proud of Cydonie. She is absolutely unstoppable this year – proof positive that perseverance can take one to the top.”

Other elite athletes at this year’s Commonwealth Games included Ronald Forbes, who came 7th in the 100m hurdles; Michael Letterlough who competed but did not place in the hammer throw event; and swimmer Shaune Fraser, who managed an 8th place in the 100m butterfly finals


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  1. anonymous, says:

    Well, cayman has quite a few celebrities making it big in sports, music, modeling, acting  Cayman’s got great talent despite the  physical ecological small size of our country. We’re Big in stature!

  2. Shepherd says:


    Proud of you and your GOLD MEDAL!!!

    Bring it home!

    And for those of you who keep giving thumbs down on the comments, WTF???  what a bunch of Losers!

    You GO Cydonie!

  3. Clemson U. says:

     Congrats Cyd, it has been ell over due to you no matter what they may say. I know you work extremely hard this yr. WOW, So proud of you, they sneak the bronze last games now you got the GOLD.

    With that, I should say the cayman compass should be ashame of them self, putting, that picture on the front page. With two people who have nothing to do with the games, on the day you made HISTORY!!!!! for your country. You would think they have more sense. Look up David Goddard ,it got great pictures for the next time, Compass.

    I was told they even was thinking if it was worth to be front page, SADDDD!

    For all the people at carifta who told her, its time to hang it up, eat your words. 

    Keep it up girl, represent and keep GOD first. C U, U KNOW!

  4. Anonymous says:

    Congrats to Cydonie!

    And nice job CNS.

    Did anyone happen to notice the front page of a certain daily newspaper? So sad. What amateur journalism. They used a two year old photo of Cydonie getting beaten in a prelim at the 2008 Olympics. How nice.

     This was the woman’s greatest triumph ever and they use a photo of an old race she would like to forget. Why are they still in business?





  5. Gold says:


    It’s good to see a Jamacan born Caymanian do so well for their country

    Congrats!! Awesome job!

    • Anonymous says:

      This woman athlete pictures and articles should be hung all over the airport, schools and districts. This is a Cayman hero and role model along with the other athletes who are accomplishing positives across the globe. What about the woman pilot, too!! Young children should be taught to look up to these people.

      "Caymanian soul!" I hope parents all over the island are explaining those words to their children tonight. Makes one proud, doesn’t it?!!!

      There are some incredible stories about Cayman role models…great job CNS.

  6. JEB says:

    A BIG BIG CONGRATS to our caymanian girl Cydonie……………..

    The picture here with the four ladies showing Cydonie in front were the one that the COMPASS should have had on the front page.


  7. Anonymous says:

    Well done Cydonie and all the Cayman athletes.  We are so proud of you savour your moment girl! 

    We knew from way back then when we used to watch you as GD in netball soaring head and shoulders above us that you were destined for great things!

    Much love and respect "Cy-dunkie"!!

    CIHS Class of ’94!!

  8. Anonymous says:

    Thanks CNS for a picture of Cydonie actually winning therace on this historic occassion. Another media outlet demonstrated just how patriotic they are to Cayman by posting a picture of a runner from another country winning her race from 2008 while Cydonie was clearly not wining that same race.

    Thank you for lifting our spirits a little.  

  9. Anonymous says:

    Congrats Cydonie!! We are proud of you!

    Congrats to all the other local athletes for getting there!

    You all make Cayman proud!!

  10. Anonymous says:

    We knew you could do it. It was just a matter of time.

  11. Anonymous says:

    A "Cayman Soul"! Wow! Let’s print the t-shirts and hang her poster at the airport, for she is truly an awesome and inspiring ambassador!


    Great job!

  12. Anonymous says:

    "I am so happy," she added on winning her country’s inaugural gold. "I have welcomed the challenges because I have Cayman soul."

    Admire that statement! CONGRATS GIRL!!!

  13. Anonymous says:

    Congrats Cydonie

  14. Anonymous says:

    Congrats Cydonie Shaune & Brett

    I hope when you all come home we can have a  celebration in  Streets of George .

    We love you all

     PV Staff

     Grand cayman


  15. whodatis says:

    Congrats again Cydonie – much love and support as always!

    *Btw – your 2nd photo above just reminded me that today is"Shoulder & Bicep Day" for me in the gym! Wow girl – you nah playin’ around dis year at all eh?*


  16. Anonymous says:

    Congrats to Cydonie and all of our other local athletes you all make Cayman really proud, continue to keep up the good work.

  17. Thankful Again says:

    Thanks for this article CNS.  This positive and praiseworthy news is powerful.  I truly hope you guys fully appreciate what you have done for the "soul" of Caymanians this morning.  What a collective smile at HOME.  This is a first and CNS may have started their stride for gold – in my eyes :).

    "I have Cayman soul"…she said.  Well Cydonie I have news for you: "We have Cydonie Soul".

    Something tells me she pictured the thousand of Caymanians looking her and knew what a win would do to lift the spirits of her country.  If only the Olympics was this year with such successes.

  18. Karyll Iton says:


    Good to see one of our own excelling. 

    • Anonymous says:

      Very nice! Merline Ottey……..ah… em, I mean Sydonie. LOL. You remind me so much of Merline Ottey. I have a feeling that age will be no barrier to you and you have many more medals to get for Cayman Islands in the future.

  19. Anonymous says:

     Congrats girl!!!! So proud of you!!!

  20. Anonymous says:

    Congrats Cydonie. We love you!!!

    You have made us very proud. Hold your head high and continue to represent us well.

  21. Anonymous says:

    Well done  Cydonie!