Jamaican born track and field athlete, Cydonie Mothersill moved to Grand Cayman aged 7. Her talent for athletics was discovered whilst she was in a school PE lesson. Her PE teacher, Evelyn Rockette, saw her potential and encouraged Mothersill to pursue athletics. Cydonie Mothersill was very reluctant at the time and struggled to dedicate herself to the sport, as her friends were all busy doing more ‘fun’ things. Evelyn Rockette persisted and did her best to ensure that Mothersill stayed focused and attended training, her persistence paid off.
Fast forward a few years, in 1996 Mothersill took part in her first competition representing the Cayman Islands at the CARIFTA Games. She performed extremely well and was awarded the Austin Sealy Trophy for the most outstanding athlete at the CARIFTA Games. Mothersill gained a scholarship from Clemson University in South Carolina, US and following her studies she went on to train in Texas, Alabama and Miami.
Following her debut at the CARIFTA Games, Cydonie Mothersill went from strength to strength. In 2001, she won bronze in the Athletics World Championships. Two years later, in 2003, she gained the silver title at the Pan-American Games. She successfully competed in the Beijing Olympic Games in 2008. One of her biggest achievements came in 2010, when she won gold in the 200m at the Commonwealth Games. A year later Cydonie Mothersill became the highest paid athlete from the Cayman Islands.
Mothersill took on the responsibility of being the Cayman International Meet Director in 2012, a competition that saw many well-known athletes compete, including Yohan Blake and Warren Weir. Mothersill was keen to build the event slowly and carefully to ensure the best experience for all athletes. Mothersill also held the position of Acting President for the Cayman Islands Athletic Association (CIAA), the governing body for Athletics in the Cayman Islands.
Cydonie Mothersill is married to Ato Stephens, a former Trinidad and Tobgao sprinter and in 2013 they had their first child. Mothersill stated that of course her priorities had changed, however balancing motherhood and being an athlete was just one of many challenges she faced. Just like many other athletes she took the time to let her body heal and recover and was keen to get back on the track. Cydonie Mothersill a five-time Olympian, Caribbean1st absolutely salutes you.