Team Guernsey has announced its chosen athletes for the prestigious roles of flag bearer and water carriers as they continue preparations for the highly anticipated Island Games this year.
The athletes will lead Team Guernsey at the opening ceremony in this year’s new team kit along the St Peter Port seafront on 8 July.
Dedicated swimmer, Tom Hollingsworth, has been chosen to be this year’s Flag Bearer. A 49-time Island Games medallist, Tom is no stranger to the competition and will be representing the island once again this year alongside the 22 other competing jurisdictions.
For avid indoor bowler Catherine Bonsall and promising swimmer Hannah Kennedy, being selected as Water Carriers will mark their first time competing in the Island Games.
Following years of Island Games tradition, Catherine and Hannah will present water from local shores which will be combined with that from the other islands in a display of unity and solidarity.
The team kit comprises a tracksuit, two polo shirts, a pair of shorts and a sun cap – all in white with Guernsey green trim, apart from the shorts, which are solid Guernsey green. The polo shirt, gilet and cap are embroidered with the logos of GIGA and team sponsor, Utmost International Guernsey.
Brian Allen, Chairman of the Guernsey Island Games Association, GIGA, said: “We’re thrilled both a returning champion of the Island Games and two new faces are representing Guernsey as Flag Bearer and Water Carriers this year.
“Both are significant roles in the Games and link the present day to the competition’s rich history. We know that this year’s team will represent our island with pride and wish every athlete the best of luck this year.”
Leon Steyn, Chief Executive Officer, Utmost International Guernsey, said: “It’s an honour to be sponsoring a strong team of athletes this year. We look forward to enjoying the opening ceremony, where Guernsey’s place will be marked amongst the other islands competing in the Games.”
Pictured: Left to right – GIGA Chair, Brian Allen, water bearers, Hannah Kennedy and Catherine Bonsall, CEO of Utmost International Guernsey, Leon Steyn, flag bearer, Tom Hollingsworth and Games Director, Jon Marley.