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Gymnasts Taj Lowery and Gianna Webbe will be Bermuda's representatives at the water ceremony of the NatWest Island Games in Gotland, Sweden

The Bermuda Island Games Association have announced the three competitors who will represent the island at the opening ceremonies of the NatWest Island Games in Gotland, Sweden.

The “water ceremony” signifies the coming together of all the islands of the International Island Games as each contributes water from their island to join as one. Bermuda’s water bearers will be gymnasts Gianna Webbe and Taj Lowery.

The flag bearer is usually an athlete who has distinguished themselves at previous Games and is fine role model. This honour goes to Daniel Fiddick, the men’s volleyball team co- captain.

“Gianna was so excited when I told her she would have a unique opportunity to represent Bermuda as a ‘water bearer’ in the upcoming games,” Webbe’s coach Adriana Forde said. “As coaches we are very excited for all our athletes. In Gianna’s case, not only is she a natural talent but her work ethic deserves to be rewarded. We commend her time management over the past four months, as she balanced the needs of achieving academic excellence with the passion for this dynamic sport. Gianna plans to put in a new skill in all four of her optional routines.“

As for Lowery, Forde added: “Taj has had a good year, however the Island Games has really motivated him in the gym. Taj is peaking both mentally and physically for this event allowing him to make and achieve some great goals in preparation for the games. We have seen a new energy and determination in Taj’s training over the last few months. We are really looking forward to seeing his upgraded routines on Floor and Vault during the optional competition.”

Fiddick will be competing at this fourth Island Games when he competes in Gotland this year. The Island Games have proved to be a family affair, as his mother and sister have also competed at the Games, at athletics and volleyball respectively.

Fiddick started volleyball at Warwick Academy, and was quickly identified and brought into the Bermuda Volleyball Association’s youth development programme.

From there he transitioned and led the Junior National Boys Team in successful Norceca tournaments, eventually moving into a starting role on the men’s national team as well as playing beach volleyball for Bermuda at the Norceca Continental Cup in 2015.

Following his graduation from Warwick, Fiddick was accepted at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, where he was a walk on for the Waterloo Warriors men’s varsity team. Fiddick has now graduated Waterloo with a bachelors in mathematics, and has taken a position with Validus Re in Bermuda.

Daniel Fiddick will be Bermuda's flag bearer at the 2017 NatWest Island Games in Gotland, Sweden