Lowery leads way as Bermuda end on high note
Bermuda’s gymnastics team have a lot of hardware to carry home from their portion of the NatWest Island Games.
The junior boys and junior and senior girls combined for a stunning 36 total medals over two days of competition in Anglesey, up against teams from Isle of Man, Jersey, Aland, Cayman, Gotland, Shetland Islands, and the hosts.
After taking 19 medals on Thursday, the squad did not slow down in Saturday’s FIG competition, grabbing 17 medals, including five more gold medals from talented duo Max Blakeney and Taj Lowery.
Lowery took top honours, winning gold in the all-around junior boys competition. He also took first in the high bar and silver in the floor and pommels, as well as bronze on rings. Blakeney took gold in the vault, parallel bars, and rings, as well as silver in the all-around.
Niyan Outerbridge came sixth in the floor event, and Jaden Malpas vaulted his way to a ninth-place finish.
For the junior girls team Chantae Wilson took gold on the floor and bronze all-around. Anna Francoeur won silver on the balance beam and bronze on the bars. Jezhari Talbot and T’aja Williams came eighth and twelfth in their floor routines.
The senior girls, competing in a stacked field of 40 gymnasts, made their mark with two golds: one from Sydney Mason in the floor event, and one from Gabby Vincent on the bars. Mason impressed overall, taking silver in the all-around results.
Tabytha Hofheins took bronze on the beam, where Zantae Dill just missed a medal with her fourth place finish. Danielle Wall was Bermuda’s top vaulter, with a fifth-place finish, while Gianna Webbe had a solid bar routine to take ninth place in her first major senior competition.
“I couldn’t be more proud of the efforts that Team Bermuda put forth in preparation for these Games, from the parent fundraising to the actual practice time in the gym,” Duke Nelligan, the Bermuda head coach, said.
“We not only showed our growing confidence and skill but won the hearts of everyone at the Games. My most special moment was when our fans and gymnasts sang the Bermudian national anthem during the medal presentation. I wished Bermuda could have seen us; we stood tall and proud.”
The team returns to the Island this evening and will now turn their attention to preparing for the 2015-2016 season.