Island Games Guernsey 8 – 14 July 2023

After a two year delay the Island Games is being held in Guernsey from 8th to 14th July 2023.  We are now well into the qualification period which started on 1st Jan 2022 and will run until early April 2023.  The exact date will be confirmed later and will be based on when our entries have to be added to the Island Games system.  The Island Games Association of Mann (IGAM) have always been very generous to IOM Athletics, allowing us to push the deadline as far back as possible to allow the outdoor athletics season to start so our athletes have the maximum opportunity to gain the qualification standards. Selection will take place in April 23.

The entry standards are published here: http://www.iomathletics.com/competitions/island-games/

I have as usual indicated that we will be taking a team of 30 – made up of a Team Manager, 2 Assistants, a Sports Therapist and 26 athletes.

Whilst nothing has yet been finalised by IGAM, the plan is to fly direct from the Island to Guernsey on Friday 7th July, returning on Saturday 15th July.  I have put our accommodation preferences into IGAM and we wait to hear from Guernsey , who do the allocation, as to where they allocate us.  Following a report from IGAM, which highlighted some serious issues with the tented village, I have decided to move away from that and into a hotel.

Unfortunately, all this comes at a cost with estimates currently coming in at about £2000 per person.  This will be reduced by the Government grant (approx. £180 per person based on IOM Team size) and by any funds IOM Athletics can raise. I estimate the final cost to the athletes to be around £1200-1400!!  IGAM have confirmed they will have received all the quotes by our next meeting (next month) so I will have a clearer picture then.

I am acutely aware of how expensive the Island Games has become but please be assured that I am doing everything I can to reduce these costs and still provide our athletes with the very best opportunity to perform at the highest level and have a positive experience that will stay with them for many years ahead.  If anyone has any contacts that would be interested in sponsoring the team, please let me know.  Petra has kindly agreed to lead a fund-raising committee, so please get in touch with her if you’re willing to get involved. Funds will be required immediately on selection (Apr 2023) so you have a little time to start saving!

Once again it has been indicated that Anti-Doping testing WILL take place.  Compulsory Anti-doping training will be provided at a later date by IGAM but please take the time to make yourself aware of the latest rules and regulations and start your diaries now (if you aren’t already doing it) covering what medicines you’re taking and confirmation that you have checked that they are suitable. You can check here: https://www.globaldro.com/uk/search

If you are looking to put yourself forward for selection (even if you haven’t yet achieved the standards), please let me know initially by messaging me and then following up by providing the Declaration of Intent form as soon as possible.  Please detail the events you are looking to compete in and any standards you have already achieved. If I would be expecting you to be going and you’re not then please also let me know so I can get an accurate picture of numbers and exclude you from the plans.

Full details of the Selection Policy & Declaration of Intent are published here: http://www.iomathletics.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/IG_Selection_Policy-Guernsey.pdf

I am planning to have a meeting for all interested parties once the full details are known but If you need any further information at this stage, please get in touch.

Full Factory Winnerswear sponsor Athletics Team for Gibraltar

Isle of Man Athletics are delighted that Martin Bullocks’ Full Factory Winnerswear will again be sponsoring the athletics team for the Island Games in Gibraltar this coming July 2019 with an extensive range of Full Factory clothing.

A presentation of the team to wish them all the best for the games will take place on Friday 28th June at the Legion in Douglas from 1915hrs.

A buffet will be served and the bar will be open for refreshments.  Tickets only cost £4.  Everyone is welcome – the more the merrier!

Please contact Petra on grantandpetra@manx.net or on 202394 to arrange your tickets.

28 athletes chosen for Island Games – Gibraltar 2019

Isle of Man Athletics is pleased to announce a team of twenty eight athletes for the 2019 Natwest Island Games, which will be held in Gibraltar from 6-12 July.

Oliver Lockley who won the 10000m title in Gotland two years ago will seek to improve on his individual Silver medal in the Half Marathon whilst attempting to retain his Island Games Half Marathon Team title with new Half Marathon team mates Alan Corlett and Max Costly, both medal winners at previous games. Max Costley will also be competing in the 3000m Steeplechase and will be looking to improve on his previous bronze medal. Hannah Howard and Elissa Morris return to seek to retain their Half Marathon Team title, with the Isle of Man Team also defending the womens 4x100m and 4x400m relay titles.  

Gotland medalists Rachael Franklin and Bethan Pilley return to improve on their Silvers in the 1500m and Long Jump respectively whilst Hannah Riley, competing in her 9th games, will look to improve on the Bronze she won in the 100mh in Gotland.

The team is a blend of previous medal winning and established senior athletes who have competed at the games on many occasions along with a number of development athletes who will be competing at an Island Games for the first time. This approach has been the successful model from previous games.

Team Manager Anthony Brand said: “I am delighted to announce a very strong Isle of Man team to compete at the 2019 Natwest Island Games in Gibraltar.  Already this year we have seen some extremely promising performances from our athletes and we look forward to seeing what they can do in Gibraltar in a couple of months. This is the largest team we have taken to an Island Games in recent years and is reflection of the quality and the strength and depth of athletes the Isle of Man is producing.  It is always a great opportunity to compete against the best islands from Europe and beyond and we expect to be competitive across the board.”

The Isle of Man team selected for the Natwest Island Games Gibraltar 2019:

Women:

Bethan Pilley – 100m / Long Jump / 4x100m
Meghan Pilley – 100m / 4x100m
Ashleigh Lachenicht – 200m / 400m / 4x100m / 4x400m
Bethany Carridge  – 200m / 4x100m
Lydia Morris  – 400m / 4x400m
Rachael Franklin  – 800m / 1500m / 4x400m
Phoebe Coates – 800m / 1500m / 4x400m
Hannah Riley – 100mh / 4x100m / 4x400m
Aimee Cringle – 400mh / Long Jump / 4x400m
Elissa Morris – 10000m / Half Marathon
Hannah Howard – 10000m / Half Marathon
Megan Lockwood – Discus / High Jump
Tazmin Fayle – Discus

Men:

Brandon Atchison – 100m / 200m / 4x100m / 4x400m
Thomas Riley – 100m / 4x100m
Jack Lemaire – 200m / 4x100m
Elliott Callow – 4x100m
Rhys Owen – 400m / 800m / 4x400m
David Mullarkey – 800m / 1500m
Stephen Garrett – 1500m / 5000m
Max Costley – 3000m Steeplechase / Half Marathon
Alan Corlett – 10000m / Half Marathon
Ollie Lockley – Half Marathon
Michael Haslett – 400mh / 4x400m
Daniel Clague – 400mh / High Jump / 4x400m
Keoghan Taylor – Long Jump / 4x100m
Anand Patel – Triple Jump
James Margrave – High Jump

Management and Support Team:

Anthony Brand – Team Manager
Danaa Callow – Assistant Team Manager
Steve Partington – Assistant Team Manager
Matt Harrison – Sports Therapist

The Isle of Man Island Games Athletics Team is kindly supported by Full Factory Winnerswear.

 

Northern League 2018

Team Isle of Man will once again be competing in Div 2W of the Northern League.  Last year we did really well but this year we want to do even better.

The Northern League also provides an ideal opportunity for our U17 athletes to compete at a level, which whilst challenging, is well within their capability and to enjoy being part of a team which has been a starting point for many of our elite athletes, many of which still compete. If you are a new U17 and would like to have a chat about the Northern League and what it offers then please get in touch.

In order to get a greater understanding of the athletes available for each trip I would ask that you complete and return a Northern League Commitment Form.  I would also ask that you do this a soon as you can.

This year the matches are as follows:

Match 1 – Saturday, 5 May – Wavertree (day trip)
Match 2 – Sunday, 3 June – Leigh (1 night stop)
Match 3 – Sunday, 8 July – Blackpool (1 night stop)
Match 4 – Saturday, 4 August – Blackpool (day trip)

Once I have an understanding of the numbers travelling I will be able to provide more details regarding costs.  It has however been agreed that your Club will again fund you to 50% of the total costs.

The Northern League is for FULLY PAID UP FIRST CLAIM MEMBERS of Manx Harriers, Western AC and Northern AC. If you wish to be considered then please ensure that you have paid your annual membership fees to you Club and that your Club has paid your EA fee.  Checks are made and the last thing we want is to have points docked because you haven’t paid your fees!

If you are an Official and available to join us then there are two funded spaces from each Club.  Please also complete the Commitment Form so I can organise who the officials will be for each match. Remember we need 1 timekeeper, 1 track official and 4 field officials one of which must be a level 2B.

If you know of anyone who would be interested in taking part then please pass this information onto them.

I would like to thank you in advance for returning your forms promptly!

Anthony Brand
Team Manager

Great send off for Island Games Team

I am pleased to introduce to you your Island Games athletics team in their Full Factory Winnerswear clothing.

‘Meet the Athletes’ was a great evening at Noas Bakehouse with Jo Pack from Manx Radio hosting.

Thank you to guests Ian Sharpe & Chris Quine for passing their valuable knowledge on to the team

Thanks to Robbie Watterson for organising.