2018 YCLA Finalist Samuel Young

With the 2018 YCLA Gala Event coming up on November 10th, 2018, the Young Caymanian Leaders Foundation wanted to take the time to share more on each of our finalists – focusing on Samuel Young today!

By way of background, Samuel Young graduated from John Gray High School (where he won the Governor’s Achievement Award) and obtained a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from UCCI. Samuel now owns and operates the leading gym in the Cayman Islands, World Gym, which in 2018 had its most successful year in the last 30 years.  Samuel seeks to consistently add value to the lives of his clients and his staff members by running a successful business that empowers the community through health and fitness.

In this spirit, this year Samuel donated over CI$14,000 in the form of sponsored gym memberships for local charitable organizations together with providing gym equipment to a local prison for the betterment of the lives of inmates. Samuel constantly seeks to improve and grow himself and those around him. He refuses to live a life of complacency or stagnancy and believes in using all his abilities in the service of others.  Samuel has various athletic accomplishments including winning the Pirates’ Week Mud Run on three occasions and he is the first trained triathlon coach in the Cayman Islands.

Age:  30

Degree: Bachelors of Science in Accounting from University College of the Cayman Islands

Employment: Managing Director of World Gym


  • 1st Trained Triathlon Coach in the Cayman Islands
  • Winner of Pirates’ Week Mud Run on three occasions
  • Governor’s Achievement Award in 2006


For more Caymanian youth to utilize health and fitness to build their self-belief in themselves which will not only impact their personal life but their professional life as well.

Core Message to the Youth:

“The only way to succeed in life is with self-belief and determination. Believe in yourself. You are responsible for your life and your own fate, and by believing in yourself and working hard, you can overcome any struggle or pressure that comes your way.”

Personal Interpretation of “It Takes a Village:”

“To me, the phrase means that it takes an entire community of different people interacting with a child in order for a child to learn and grow in a safe environment. Such interactions are vast and varied in terms of frequency and depth, but they are all equally as important as we never know what impression or impact we have upon youth. One method of building self-belief is through the involvement of youth in athletic activities and I seek to act as a conduit between youth and fitness in the Cayman Islands.”

We are so proud to call Samuel Young one of our Finalists this year and can’t wait to celebrate him and the other four finalists at this year’s YCLA 2018 Gala Event!


This year’s gala event will be held on November 10th at the Kimpton Seafire to celebrate and honor this year’s YCLA 2018 Finalists – Kacey Mobley, Kimberley Conolly, Samuel Young, Staci Scott, and Wilbur Welcome. Tickets for the YCLA 2018 Gala Event are available but are selling out fast. The cost is $250 per person. Corporate tables of ten are also available for $2,500. The theme of this year’s Gala is “It Takes a Village.” Doors open for the reception at 6 pm. At 6:45, doors are closed to accommodate the live telecast. Doors re-open after the broadcast for the remainder of the evening to celebrate.

If you wish to purchase tickets or tables for this year’s event, please contact Brianna at brianna@ycla.ky.