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The 15th International Island Games in Bermuda

Bermuda-2013-NatWest-Island-Games-XV-logo-page-001The International Island Games kicked off on 13th July in Bermuda and already the Channel Islands have picked up some medals at the start of this six days of competition.

This bi-annual event has become one of the largest international multi-sport events in the world, behind the Commonwealth Games and of course the Olympics. In 2015 Jersey looks forward to hosting this event.

Founded in the Isle of Man in 1985, this is the 15th competition where up to 24 member islands meet to enjoy friendly competition in a variety of sports chosen by the host island from an approved list of 18.

Member islands are in or associated with the nine sovereign nations of Canada, the Caribbean, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Norway, Spain, Sweden and the UK.  Current members are:  Aland, Alderney, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Falkland Islands, Faroe Islands, Froya, Gibraltar, Gotland, Greenland, Guernsey, Hitra, Isle of Man, Isle of Wight, Jersey, Menorca, Orkney, Rhodes, Saaremaa, Sark, Shetland Islands, St Helena, Western Isles and Ynys Mon.

The last games were held in the Isle of Wight in 2011 when Jersey collected 83 medals including 23 Golds.  This placed them overall third behind the Isle of Man and Guernsey.  Sister island, Guernsey did fantastically well with a massive 107 medals including 40 Gold medals.

Around 2000 athletes and officials are in Bermuda this week to support this event including about 80 competitors from Jersey, 17 from Guernsey, 5 from Alderney but sadly none from Sark.  Unfortunately the high costs in getting to Bermuda, combined with limited budgets, is the reason why the teams from the Channel Islands are much smaller this year.

Congratulations goes to Guernsey cyclist, Tobyn Horton, who won the road race to clinch his island’s first gold of the 2013 Island Games. Jersey’s Richard Tanguy had opened up a big lead in the 110km event but could not keep up the pace in intense heat. Team-mate Chris Spence finished fourth, frustratingly less than a tenth of a second outside the medals after a superb sprint finish.

Guernsey’s Ann Bowditch was third in the women’s event, while Jersey’s Sue Townsend and Kim Ashton were fifth and sixth respectively.

The results though were enough to give Jersey bronze in both the men’s and women’s team events, while Guernsey got overall gold in the men’s and silver in the women’s. It’s been a great start for the Channel Islands with more excitement to follow in the next few days.

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Tracy has worked in travel and tourism marketing for over 30 years. She joined Travelsmith in 1987 and enjoys her role as Sales & Marketing Manager for the group. Having moved from Essex to Cornwall in 2001, Tracy loves life in the southwest. She is married with two children, one lively Cocker Spaniel and a lazy cat. Tracy can be contacted via email: tracykirton@travelsmith.co.uk

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