TEAM Isle of Wight’s biggest Island Games athletics squad since 2011 has been kitted out for this year’s event, thanks to a new sponsor.
The squad will head to Gibraltar in July sporting a new bespoke kit, courtesy of Churcher’s Solicitors, Ryde.
Athletics manager Nick Groocock said: “We’re taking experienced athletes who will be hoping to bring back a haul of medals, as well as some young but talented athletes who we have high hopes for the future.
“As ever, the cost of competing at the Games is always challenging so the sponsorship from Churcher’s has helped enormously."
Churcher’s managing partner Ian Robinson added: “We are proud to support the athletics team in the upcoming Island Games.
“We wish them the best of luck in competing and look forward to following their progress.”
The 2019 Island Games runs between 6 and 12 July.
A crowdfunding appeal has been set up to give all Team Isle of Wight hopefuls the chance to take part in the next Island Games.
A 142 strong squad from the Isle of Wight will head to Gibraltar in July next year to compete against other Islands from across the world. However, unlike many of those other Islands, Team IOW receive no central funding support leaving our team members to fund themselves.
It will cost each individual around £800 to go and team managers want to select people for their talent, not their financial circumstances.
Martin Goodall, chairman of the Isle of Wight Island Games Association, said: “We don’t want money to stop us from taking the best team possible from the Isle of Wight.
“Many of those we could select are either still at school or college or not working for different reasons.
“This event is like a mini Olympics and it’s something our athletes will never forget.
“Our team members are hugely talented, dedicated and are proud to represent the Island, We would love the Island community to get behind the team through our crowdfunding appeal to help us ensure no-one who deserves to go misses out.”
Team Isle of Wight will compete in 12 sports in Gibraltar – athletics, badminton, basketball, cycling, judo, sailing, shooting, squash, swimming, table tennis, tennis and triathlon.
The event runs from 6 to 12 July 2019.
To make a donation to the appeal, visit http://teamiow.org.uk/donate/
In association with Island based ethical clothing supplier Rapanui, TeamIOW have launched their very own range of supporters kit so that anyone associated with the games can proudly display their support before during and after the games.
The kit initially features 3 striking designs for supporters and is available as T Shirts, Hoodies and Tote Bags for people to by online direct from the supplier. Any profit from sales will help to support the team at the next games.
The shop can be found at https://teamiow.teemill.com