Gearing Up For Gotland

Over 100 athletes from Ynys Môn are heading for the Swedish island of Gotland this Summer to compete in the International Island Games.

The ethos behind the bi-annual competition is to bring islands together through sport. It is made up of 24 member islands, with sports ranging from Badminton to Gymnastics.

Some of the world's finest sportspeople began their careers at the Games including cyclist Mark Cavendish and heptathlete Kelly Sotherton.

The Welsh island of Anglesey has been sending over competitors since the Games began back in 1985.

Jersey Opening Ceremony 2015

The small island with a big heart finished 13th in the medal table at the last Natwest Island Games in Jersey in 2015, out of 24 islands. 

For many, the Games are a first taste of competition on an International stage. Newcomers to the event in 2015 included the island's youngest competitor 14-year-old swimmer Daniel Bennett and footballer Meinir Roberts, who celebrated her 50th birthday while out in Jersey. The eldest competitor from Ynys Môn was an 81 year old archer, proving that sport really is open to everybody!

Ynys Môn brought back medals in Sailing, Athletics and Shooting. The sailing team have close links with Sport Wales' National Outdoor Watersports Centre - Plas Menai and the team are no stranger to Gold medals, having collected them in last two Island games in the Bermuda 2013 and Jersey 2015.

Sailing Gold

Chair of the Ynys Môn Island Games Association, Dave Tommis said: "The Ynys Mon committee, athletes and supporters are looking forward to this year's games and athletes are training hard and eager for success!"

A spokesperson for the International Island Games Association added: "There's just something about islanders. Growing up in small communities surrounded and shaped by the sea instils in us an independent spirit and a fierce pride in our culture and heritage. It's what gives Games competitors the will and determination to train hard, defy the odds and reach for gold."

Good luck with the preparations from all at Sport Wales!

The Natwest Island Games takes place from Saturday 24 June - Friday 30 June. For more information see http://www.islandgames2017.com/. To follow the progress of Ynys Môn, visit https://www.facebook.com/YMIslandGamesAssoc/ or Twitter @YnysMonIGA

 

 

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