Sierrah Broadbelt becomes the successful female gold-medal winner in the history of the Cayman Islands
Sierrah Broadbelt, a 14-year-old swimmer, has made history in the Cayman Islands by winning an unprecedented number of individual gold medals at the CARIFTA championships. This year’s competition was held in Curaçao, where Broadbelt secured an incredible eight gold medals, making her the most successful female gold-medal winner in the history of the Cayman Islands. She surpassed Kaitlyn Elphinstone’s record of seven gold medals at the 2000 event, cementing her place as one of the most accomplished swimmers the Cayman Islands has ever produced.
In addition to this incredible achievement, Broadbelt earned the most gold medals out of all the individual male and female competitors at the 2023 championships, taking her total medal haul to an impressive 11. Alongside her eight gold medals, she also won one silver medal and two bronze medals, making her one of the standout performers of the entire competition.
Broadbelt’s success has been remarkable, and it is clear that she is an incredibly talented athlete with a bright future ahead of her. Her impressive performance at the CARIFTA championships earned her high point honors in the female 13-14 age category with 78 points. This is a testament to her skill and dedication to her sport, and it is clear that she is destined for greatness.
Despite her incredible success, Broadbelt remains humble and grounded, acknowledging the role that her coach, Darren Mew, has played in her journey. She has been quick to thank him for his support and guidance, recognizing that her achievements would not have been possible without him. Broadbelt has also expressed her gratitude to her supporters back home, who have played an important role in her success.
Sierrah is the niece of Oasis Land Developments director John McLean Jnr, John is hugely proud of Sierrah travelling to support in her competitions.
“What can I say about my niece Sierrah? Sierrah is such a humble person her accomplishments in her winnings are merely a days work for her. She truly enjoys swimming and being competitive is a natural instinct its in her DNA.
As her Uncle I have had the privilege to see her grow from a baby to the outstanding young woman she is today, She will definitely be a force to recon with in the Olympics. What truly makes Sierrah the person she is, Is her personal connection with God as she prays before each race and her unwavering support from her parents who tirelessly takes her to practice before and after school 3 times a week.
During a recent meet I was amazed of the stiff competition she was up against I remember one fo the races she won was by a mere .03 of a second ahead of her competition. May God continue to bless her”
In summary, Sierrah Broadbelt’s record-breaking performance at the 2023 CARIFTA championships has been nothing short of extraordinary. She has set a new standard for Cayman Islands swimmers and has shown that with hard work, dedication, and the right support, anything is possible. We can’t wait to see what the future holds for this talented young athlete!