Cayman Islands will have their first National House at the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games ©CIOC

For the first time, the Cayman Islands will have a national "House" at an international multi-sport event after a partnership was signed between the Cayman Islands Olympic Committee (CIOC) and FUSE Marketing Group ahead of next month's Pan American Games.

Under the agreement FUSE, a Toronto-based, privately held integrated marketing agency, will convert their downtown headquarters into Cayman House for the duration of the Games, due to take place from July 10 to 26. 

With offices located within walking distance of the CIBC Pan Am Park, Cayman House is envisaged as a "retreat and place of rest and relaxation for the athletes, dignitaries, their friends, families, FUSE staff, clients, media and guests".

A lounge will be outfitted to promote the Cayman Islands and embrace the Caribbean British Overseas Territory's team, while sporting performances by squad members will be on display and "Cay-Fan" tee-shirts will be available for sale.

“We are thrilled to have our new friends at FUSE as our hosts at Cayman House, our home away from home for the entire run of the Games,” said Jennifer Powell, CIOC chief operating officer and Cayman Islands Chef de Mission at Toronto 2015. 

“This generous gesture adds a new level of excitement for us heading to Toronto, and our very supportive community back home.” 

Swimmer Brett Fraser won Cayman Islands first ever Pan American Games gold four years ago in Guadalajara ©Getty Images
Swimmer Brett Fraser won Cayman Islands first ever Pan American Games gold four years ago in Guadalajara ©Getty Images

As well as FUSE, the Cayman Islands Department of Tourism as well as sponsors Tortuga Rum Cakes and Cayman Spirits were also thanked for providing their support.

After winning one silver medal at each of the Winnipeg 1999, Santa Domingo 2003 and Rio de Janeiro 2007 Games, a full set were won at Guadalajara 2011, including a historic gold for 200 metres freestyle swimmer Brett Fraser.

He finished ahead of elder brother Shaune as the Cayman Islands finished first and second. 

Athletes have already qualified to compete in athletics, beach volleyball, gymnastics and swimming next month.

The House seen is seen as a way to boost team morale with an eye to more medals being won.

“FUSE is excited and proud to welcome the Cayman Islands to our city and offices,” added the company's chief executive Garo Keresteci.

“Cayman House is the foundation of FUSE Marketing Group’s activation of our sponsorship of the Games.

"The Pan Am Games are going to be transformative for Toronto, so we’re transforming as well.

“We’re going to announce numerous Cayman House-related activities and special events in the next few weeks.

“They will demonstrate how FUSE creates memorable and connected experiences for consumers across Canada.” 

Related stories
October 2014: 
Cayman Islands Postal Service launches commemorative Commonwealth Games stamps
May 2014: Cayman Islands names biggest ever Commonwealth Games squad for Glasgow 2014