Scimone Campbell grew up as the sole girl of a five-sibling household of Raymond and Belzefene Campbell. While her brothers are known throughout the Islands for their musical talent, Scimone is the sportiest of the bunch.
She turned 40 last month and said that for as long as she can recall she has had a general love for sports which has led her to taking on a number of different roles, varying from athlete to administration, coordination, fund-raising and coaching.
Although the Cayman-born, Bodden Town Primary school teacher, spent her early years with her family in George Town, at the age of 7 her parents relocated her to their native Jamaica where she spent the next nine years. Scimone attended St Richards Primary School and St Andrew High School, competing in track events for the former and track and badminton for the latter.
Following her graduation from St Andrew in 1993, she returned to Cayman to complete her ‘A’ levels at John Gray High School. It was during her sixth form years that she and childhood friend Bobeth O’Garro were first approached about playing basketball and football. The young ladies immediately fell in love with both. It is a connection the two share to this day.
Scimone has always been a passionate person, a trait which she demonstrates in all her endeavours. This passion, coupled with her strong defensive skills and fast-break style of play has earned her the reputation of a “hustler” on the football field and the basketball court. She is known to take every game seriously and as a result, she believes these sports have rewarded her with many great opportunities for training and personal growth as well as invaluable exposure through travel and networking.
In her early years Scimone attended several basketball camps at Eckerd College in St Petersburg, Florida where she honed her technical skills. She has since played on local basketball teams Silver Bullets and Island Heritage Silver Mist. In 1996, she was awarded a partial football scholarship to Martin Methodist Junior College in Tennessee, which she attended for two years.
Following her decision to pursue a career in elementary education, Scimone transferred from Martin College, taking a brief sabbatical from sports to focus on her studies with Florida International University. In 2001 she returned home, bachelor’s degree in hand and a yearning to be back on the court and the field.
Scimone remedied this yearning quickly and in the years since her return she has played in international competitions for the Cayman Islands women’s national basketball team (2003-07) and the national football team. She competed in the NATWEST Island Games in basketball, winning bronze in Guernsey (2003) and gold in Gibraltar (2005). Scimone has also played club football for Yobo and George Town Sports Club.
She has never restricted her athletic prowess to just those two sports, nor has she limited her technical knowledge to being only an athlete. She is also a track and field official, having obtained her level one certification as an IAAF technical official in 2012. She can often be found officiating at the inter-primary and inter-secondary sports competitions and other local track meets; and she served as a track official at international meets such as CARIFTA (2005) and the Cayman Invitational, where she was chief track official.
In 2008 Scimone became involved in flag football. She now concedes that “of my current three sport loves, flag has to be my favourite.” As with football and basketball, she has achieved significant successes with her flag team-mates. forming and she has played as a member of the national flag football team since its debut in 2010.
Two months ago, the flag national team won the Women’s B Division championship in the U.S. Flag and Touch League Tournament held in Orlando, Florida. At the tournament, a proud Scimone was named All-American defensive player.
Now a wife and mother of two (Madison and Anthony Jr), she is constantly trying to maintain a balance in her life, which allows her to enjoy sports, grow her career, be there for students as well as being a good mom and wife for her young family. Fortunately, she says her two children have also developed a love of sports; and her school has been keen to use her in sporting capacities and taken on the role of sports coordinator for the last eight years as well as assisting with coaching when needed.
Scimone remains very active and by her own account will not be slowing down any time soon. Still a member of the Lady Sharks, she intends to compete in the flag league this season. She is currently competing in the women’s football league with Scholars and hopes to be competing in the 2017 Island Games with the women’s national basketball team. As if these were not enough, Scimone is also aspiring to be a certified swimming official.
She has maintained her kinship to sports in almost every area of her life. She acknowledges that sports have taken her to many places geographically, physically, socially and mentally that she probably never would have gone on her own.
Through her participation in sports she has learned the value of teamwork, self-discipline and having the ability to embrace and overcome challenges. She is a role model for girls and women everywhere and the Department of Sports takes great pride in recognising her as an honouree for Honouring Women’s Month 2017.