Butterfield is proud of the competitors competing in Bermuda.
The Butterfield Group sponsored the 2013 NatWest Island Games, which wrapped up on Friday. The event featured stellar performances by the Cayman Islands, Guernsey and Bermuda teams.
Serving as Butterfield’s chairman and chief executive officer is Brendan McDonagh, who spoke about the importance of the Games.
“Butterfield is proud to sponsor Bermuda’s first Island Games and help welcome more than 2,000 participants to the island,” McDonagh said. “This is a high profile sports event; one that is being received enthusiastically by the local community and which will increase Bermuda’s visibility internationally, particularly among audiences in the 24 islands that are participating.
“Butterfield was established in Bermuda and has served this community for 155 years, so we’re pleased to be able to help showcase the world-class sports venues and natural beauty that Bermuda has to offer. Much of Butterfield’s growth and success over the last forty years has been driven by our international operations, in particular our large banking and trust operations in Cayman and Guernsey.
“The 2013 NatWest Island Games is a unique celebration of sport that gives elite athletes from those communities the opportunity to compete internationally in a friendly atmosphere. For Butterfield, it’s an opportunity to help bring together and support athletes from our largest jurisdictions at one event.”
The Butterfield Group includes Bermuda-based The Bank of N.T. Butterfield & Son Limited and subsidiaries Butterfield Bank (Cayman) Limited and Butterfield Bank (Guernsey) Limited.
As of Friday morning, Cayman was fifth in the medal chase with 17 gold, 19 silver and six bronze. Guernsey was just ahead in fourth with 18 gold, 12 silver and 21 bronze and Bermuda were second with 23 gold, 12 silver and 25 bronze.
A number of athletes set new Island Games records. Bermuda saw Harold Houston run 10.34 seconds in the 100 metres and 21.05 seconds in the 200m. Jasmine Brunson leaped 12.64m in the triple jump and Ashley Yearwood swam the 50m freestyle in 26.50 seconds.
Lisa Blackburn, Rebecca Heyliger, Madelyn Moore and Ashley Yearwood swam the 4 x 50m free relay in 1.46.04 and completed the 4 x 50m medley relay in 1.58.16.
Guernsey featured Miles Munro posting a time of 22.66 seconds in the 50m free while Thomas Hollingsworth, Ben Lowndes, Miles Munro and Jeremy Osborne completed the 4 x 50m free relay in 1.31.54. The 4 x 50m medley relay team, which features Munro, Hollingsworth, Luke Belton and Alexander Beaton, swam 1.42.53.
For Cayman, Alex Pascal threw a javelin 70.66m, Shaune Fraser swam the 100m butterfly in 51.06 seconds and Lara Butler did the 100m fly in 1.02.44. Brett Fraser did the 100m free in 47.65 seconds and the 50m fly in 23.26 seconds.
Much of the Island Games action took place at the National Stadium complex in Hamilton, which encompasses the National Aquatic Centre and the North Field. Butterfield employed volunteers at stadium events including athletics, swimming, football and beach volleyball and at other venues across the island.
Butterfield provided advertising support to encourage local attendance at the various sporting events. Butterfield in Guernsey provided bursaries to six of their athletes to assist with the costs of travelling to and competing in Bermuda.
In Cayman, Butterfield has a history of supporting the Island Games teams, and this year outfitted Cayman’s 145 athletes with their official track suits.