A golden Games moment to savour
Premier Craig Cannonier has experienced one of his proudest moments so far at the NatWest Island Games.
He stood in awe as Bermuda won the women’s 4 x 50 metres freestyle relay final in a new Games and national record time of one minute and 46.04 seconds.
Standing just feet away from the pool at the National Aquatics Centre, Mr Cannonier was overwhelmed with joy and excitement as Ashley Yearwood anchored Bermuda to victory on the final leg of the event.
“I was standing on the sidelines there and almost jumped in the pool,” the Premier told
The Royal Gazette. “I was getting so excited as they were swimming and they led from the beginning right up till the very end.
“It was very exciting to see that we have that kind of gift and talent in Bermuda and we have to keep pressing on with this here. It was fantastic.”
After watching the Island’s swimmers dominant proceedings the Premier had the honour of presenting them with their well deserved gold medals on the podium.
“To be able to hand out the medals as well was an extremely proud moment for Bermuda and for myself. It was a very proud moment to be able to present the gold medals to a great team. These ladies are fantastic.”
Also representing in the women’s 4 x 50 metres freestyle relay final were Lisa Blackburn, Rebecca Heyliger and Madelyn Moore.
“I was very, very excited over the girls relay,” said an elated Bermuda coach Richard Godwin. “They put a lot of work in on that and it was an excellent mix across the board of the youngest and oldest on the team. They all swam better than PB (personal best) and I was very pleased with that.”
Jersey (1:47.78) and Guernsey (1:48.49) claimed the silver and bronze medals respectively.
Bermuda’s gold medal feat was a fitting way to end a successful day that also saw veteran Blackburn win bronze medals in the women's 50m breaststroke (33.05) and 400 metres individual medley (5:02.40) and three national age groups records achieved.