Island Games squad named
A total of 48 athletes will represent Bermuda at next month’s 18th NatWest International Island Games in the British Overseas Territory of Gibraltar.
The Games will take place from July 6 to 12 with Bermuda having competitors in badminton (10), bowling (8), tennis (5), athletics (4), shooting (1), beach volleyball (8), triathlon (1), squash (6) and sailing (4).
Injury forced runner Tilly Norman to pull out, leaving Quincy Kuzyk, Brianna Mendes, Shianne Smith and Sean Trott to compete in track events.
Smith has enjoyed success at the Island Games, winning four medals, including three gold, when Bermuda hosted the Games in 2013.
Smith provides the experience in an Island Games team that includes Kuzyk as one of the youngest members of the Bermuda team at 18. There are also two 17-year-olds, Aaron Simmons in badminton and Jordan Etemadi in sailing.
Tennis will be led by top singles player Gavin Manders, along with the experienced David Thomas and Samuel Butler while Scott Redmond is the youngest tennis player at 18.
At the other end of the age spectrum, bowler June Dill is the oldest at 69.
Gibraltar has a population of 30,000 in an area of just 2.6 square miles. It is adjacent to Spain’s Costa del Sol coast, and has long been a strategic military position for the British.
The views to the south of Gibraltar are of the Atlas Mountains of Morocco, from which Gibraltar is separated by just 11km of ocean.
In addition to their indoor sports hall, the facilities include a rackets centre, a 50 metre pool, an athletics track, a football pitch, a cricket pitch and a rugby pitch. In addition they have recently opened the University of Gibraltar.
The move to new housing for the British military stationed in Gibraltar has given the organising committee a Games Village for the visiting athletes.
Bermuda has ten players and three officials representing them in badminton while there are eight tenpin bowlers and eight volleyball players also travelling to represent the island.
Island Games team
Officials: Jon Beard, Juanita Blee, Georgina Francoeur, Geoffrey Blee.
Athletics: Quincy Kuzyk, Brianna Mendes, Shianne Smith, Sean Trott
Badminton: Sinclair Ball, Harold Minors, Rebecca Pantaney (officials), Rowena Cespedes, Mark Haugen, Danial Hughes, Andy Lau, Emma Lee, Hiral Parekh, Aaron Simmons, Denzel Simons, Jin Sun, Zichen Wang
Beach volleyball: Danielle Miller (official), Meghan Calhoun, Daniel Fiddick, Keiran Hamilton, Kyle Hamilton, Allison Lacoursiere, Joshua Malpas, Elisabeth Rae, Allison Settle
Sailing: Jordan Etemadi, Kalin Hillier, Scott Mello, Adriana Penruddocke
Shooting: Vivian Smatt (official), Adrienne Smatt
Squash: Rachel Barnes, Anthony Fellowes, Greg Fitzgerald, Judith Furtado, Meagan Jackson, Stephen Smith
Bowling: Steven Riley (official), June Dill, Damien Matthews, David Maycock, Blake Raynor, Lamar Richardson, Florence Simons, Jennifer Stovell, Earlene Tucker
Tennis: Rickai Burrows, Jovan Jordan-Whitter (officials) Samuel Butler, James Finnigan, Gavin Manders, Scott Redmond, David Thomas,
Triathlon: Tucker Murphy