The Cayman Islands community jam-packed the Owen Roberts International Airport on Monday (December 19) afternoon, to cheer on sporting hero Jordan Crooks as he arrived home after becoming the country’s first World Champion.
Crooks, who is the Islands’ fastest male swimmer in history, entered the arrival lounge to nearly 100 people cheering him on, with some waving signs that read, “Welcome Home World Champ.”
Members of parliament, including Premier Hon. Wayne Panton greeted Crooks along with many others. Many people in the crowd were emotional, like Crooks’ hometown coach Grant Ferguson, who embraced his former student with tears in his eyes.
The reception follows Crooks FINA 2022 World Swimming Championships 50 metre free performance, where he captured gold to become the first Caymanian World Championship medalist, regardless of sport.
Jordan’s sister Jillian Crooks, who also performance exceptionally well during the short course championships, will be returning home tomorrow.
Both sibling will be honoured this Wednesday (December 21) from 5:30 pm to 7.30 pm in Heroes Square, where the public is invited.