The Commonwealth Games is an international, multi-sport event for athletes from the Commonwealth of Nations. The event was first held in 1930 in Hamilton, Canada when 11 countries with a total of 400 athletes took part in 6 sports. Since then the Games have been conducted every four years (except 1942 and 1946 due to World War II) and have grown significantly with 4352 athletes participating in Delhi in 2010.
Although there are 54 members of the Commonwealth of Nations, a number of British overseas territories, Crown dependencies, and island states compete under their own flag making a total of 71 participating teams.
The Games are overseen by the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF), who select the host cities and determine the sporting programme. Visit their website at http://www.thecgf.com/
The Cayman Islands first attended the Commonwealth Games in 1978 and have won two medals in track & field with a bronze in the long jump from Kareem Streete-Thompson in 2002, and a gold in 2010 for Cydonie Mothersille in the women's 200m.
Cayman Islands Swimming made its debut at the 1998 Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur with Kristina Abbott competing in the 200m backstroke, 400m freestyle and 400m IM, and Shauna Powell racing in the 200m backstroke.