Luke Winberg for triathlon, Courtney Butcher for swimming, Sam Wallbridge for 400m hurdles, Zoe Fitch for javelin and Andy Bridgman and Johanna Asplund from the sailing team have all received funding to help them attend the 2013 Island Games in Bermuda.
Originally two bursaries were on offer but as so many young sportsmen and sportswomen applied, Butterfield decided to increase the number of bursaries to help a team and four individuals have the opportunity of being able to participate in the games next year.
Miss Butcher, who attends St Sampson’s High, will be 15 years old and undertaking her GCSEs when she attends the Island Games next year. She will compete in the 50, 100 and 200 meters freestyle and 50, 100 and 200 meters backstroke and possibly more events at the games.
“I’m currently training 11 hours a week at Beau Sejour in preparation for the games. I’ve competed in UK swimming competitions and recently attended championships in Hampshire but the Island Games in Bermuda will be the biggest event I’ve competed in so far. I’m really excited to attend and the bursary award will really help with the cost of travel and accommodation,” she said.
Mr Winberg, who attends Grammar School Sixth Form Centre, is currently training 15 hours a week in preparation for competing in the Triathlon. “I’m trying to balance out my training between the three sports. At the moment it’s quite swimming heavy so I’m working to find a suitable balance. I don’t train in a specific triathlon team, I run with runners and cycle with cyclists, which works well.
“This is my second Island Games as I competed last time for the swimming team and I’m still waiting to hear whether I’ll be competing for swimming as well as triathlon next year. The Bermuda Games will be the furthest I’ve travelled to compete in a sporting event and the bursary will be extremely helpful, especially for the cost of taking my bike and the rest of my kit with me.”
Jon Marley, Guernsey Island Games Association Games Liaison Director, said, “The Butterfield bursary will be invaluable to the six chosen recipients in helping them with the costs of attending the games next year. The Guernsey Island Games Association is taking close to 200 competitors and officials to the games next year which requires huge commitment and organisation.”
John Robinson, Managing Director of Butterfield in Guernsey was pleased to offer the funding to the chosen competitors:
“I’m thrilled that through the bursaries Butterfield Bank has been able to support these young sportsmen and women to attend and compete at the Island Games next year. The six recipients are so passionate about their chosen sports and their level of commitment to training is outstanding. I wish them all the best of luck with their training and with the games next year. We will be following their progress with interest.”