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NatWest Jersey Island Games 2015

27 June – 3 July 2015

Jersey welcomed over 4,000 competitors for the 16th International NatWest Jersey Island Games, one of the biggest events for the island in 2015. Specifically held for sports men and women originating from small islands, the Games included 14 different sports events and took place in 32 venues across the island.

A time to shine

In 1985, the Isle of Man hosted a sports festival. Proving a huge success, it was seen not only as a friendly sports event but provided valuable cultural links for people living on small islands. The idea to host another sports event went ahead two years later when Guernsey hosted the second games and the Island Games has been held bi-annually in different islands ever since with Jersey last hosting the games in 1997.

Islands and Competitors

Since the first Games, many more islands have joined and Jersey saw competitors from 24 different international islands take part. From small UK islands such as Orkney, Shetland and the Isle of Wight to islands further afield such as the Caymen Islands, Bermuda and The Falkland Islands, competitors enjoyed the chance to compete.

Durrell’s mascot

Organisers chose a baby silverback gorilla from Durrell Wildlife Park in Jersey to be the Island Games mascot. The baby gorilla, called Indigo, was chosen for being full of energy and vitality. Comparing this to the athletes taking part in the Games, committee chairman Phil Austin explained how the young gorilla made the perfect mascot for encouraging competitors, who were able to visit Durrell Wildlife Park during the event. Toy Indigo’s were given to winners and can also be bought by the public to help raise funds for Durrell.

Jersey venues

14 different sports took place during the Games and Jersey prepared for the competitions with sand bags being lifted into Weighbridge Place in St Helier to provide a focal point for the beach volleyball. Luckily the island was well equipped to host everything with golf taking place at La Moye and Royal Jersey Golf Clubs, tennis at Caesarean Tennis Club, swimming at Les Quennevais, the purpose built Geoff Reed Table Tennis Centre providing a venue for table tennis, Springfield Stadium for football and Fort Regent’s halls hosting basketball and volleyball. Shooting events took place at Crabbé Ranges in La Grève de Lecq whilst Jersey Rugby Club provided the required length for the archery competitions. Sailing and triathlon competitors enjoyed time at St Aubin’s Bay, where spectators had a superb view.

Medals and the next competition

The Jersey team proudly walked off with the most medals, closely followed by the Isle of Man and Guernsey teams. The next Island Games takes place in 2017 in Gotland, Sweden.

Visit Jersey for The NatWest Island Games XVI

One of the big events for 2015, the island was busy with competitors and spectators during June and July. If you were unable to visit Jersey for the NatWest Island Games, why not make the most of the superb sporting venues and visit now? Browse our accommodation and flights pages or choose a fly drive package inclusive of accommodation, flights, car hire and airport parking. Call our team on 01621 734333 for help or advice.

Royal Jersey Golf Club, Grouville
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Tour de Bretagne cyclists