Guernsey’s gold medal tally doubles

THE sun shone on the Sarnians on the hottest June day on record in Jersey yesterday as Team Guernsey doubled their gold medal tally at the NatWest Island Games.

Courtney Butcher twice broke her own island 100 metres backstroke record yesterday, the second time to win gold. She is seen being congratulated by silver medal winner Izzy Blacklock, of the Isle of Wight. (Picture by Peter Frankland, 9381420)

Four became eight as two golds came in the pool, one on the pistol range and the other in the electric atmosphere of the Geoff Reed Table Tennis Centre.

There, the island’s top two players, Garry Dodd and Alice Loveridge, joined forces to get Guernsey over the winning line in a see-saw team final against Gotland as they edged the mixed doubles 3-2 to earn an overall 4-2 success.

At Crabbe, Andy Torode and James Straughan topped the podium in the police pistol one team discipline as their total of 578 beat the Falkland Islands by one.

Meanwhile, at Les Quennevais, Courtney Butcher claimed the first of what will surely be several Island Games gold medals if her promising career keeps progressing.

She broke the island 100m backstroke record twice in one day on her way to that title.

Later in the evening, the men’s 4x50m freestyle relay quartet of Matt Girard, Ben Lowndes, Tom Hollingsworth and Miles Munro ensured Sarnia Cherie would be played for a second time with a thrilling come-from-behind win.

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