Lara adds to our medal tally

Lara Butler is already an established name in local swimming. 

In Bermuda, she is showing the region how talented she is in the pool. As of Wednesday, Butler had the most medals, five, of any athlete for the Cayman Islands at the 2013 Natwest Island Games.  

Her latest prize was silver in the 200 metres backstroke in a time of 2.18.31. Butler said she is pleased with her current form. 

“I’m feeling good and I’m hoping I can keep this up for the rest of the Games,” Butler said. “Coach Andy Copley has been helping me a lot with my butterfly. I’m counting my strokes, which I’ve never done before. Coach Andy, he’s a really cool coach and very motivating. Everything is going well. I didn’t think I’d be swimming as well as I am.” 

Local swimmers are a big reason why Cayman ranked fifth in the medal hunt, heading into Thursday with 12 gold, 15 silver and four bronze. Olympic brothers Brett and Shaune Fraser stormed the pool again on Wednesday as Brett won gold in the 100m free in 47.65 seconds and gold in the 50m fly in 23.26 seconds; both times are new Island Games record. 

Shaune won silver in both events, posting times of 47.79 seconds in the 100m free and 23.44 seconds in the 50m fly. The brothers were then part of the 4 x 100 medley relay team that won silver alongside Geoffrey Butler and Alex McCallum. 

Other sports produced medals on Wednesday. Beach volleyball stars Richard Campbell and Philippe Deslandes, along with Cristin Alexander and Jessica Wolfenden, earned silver. Shooting would see Edison McLean nab silver in the men’s Olympic individual skeet.  

Athletics produced three medals as javelin thrower Alex Pascal won gold and set a new Island Games record with a throw of 70.66m. Brothers Carl and Carlos Morgan went 1-2 in the long jump with leaps of 7.46m and 7.45m, respectively. High jumper Ashleigh Nalty claimed silver with a leap of 1.75m. 


Lara Butler is making waves in Bermuda. – PHOTO: DON BURGESS