Lowndes enjoying being a senior statesman

A FAMILIAR figure stormed to victory in the 100m butterfly which brought to a close the second session of this weekend’s Rothschild Island Championships.

Courtney Butcher was one of the stars of the weekend’s Rothschild Island Swimming Championships, winning five championship titles outright despite being aged just 14 and also breaking two all-comers’ pool records at Beau Sejour. (Picture by Peter Frankland, 1285856)
Courtney Butcher was one of the stars of the weekend’s Rothschild Island Swimming Championships, winning five championship titles outright despite being aged just 14 and also breaking two all-comers’ pool records at Beau Sejour. (Picture by Peter Frankland, 1285856)

A FAMILIAR figure stormed to victory in the 100m butterfly which brought to a close the second session of this weekend’s Rothschild Island Championships.

Ben Lowndes has been winning island titles for well over a decade and shows no signs of relenting any time soon, with a trip to Bermuda for next summer’s NatWest Island Games firmly in his sights.

‘I was 13 when I went to my first Island Games,’ said the 26-year-old Lowndes.

‘It is nice when you get together as a team and there is no club rivalry thing going on.

‘Perhaps when you are young there is still a bit of that Guernsey and Barracudas, them and us, going on in your head, but when you get to a senior age, it is just a really good atmosphere and good to be a part of.'