Our London Marathon runner this year is Chris Peck, who has been on quite the journey recently. In his own words:
“I am proud to be the Island Games London Marathon runner ... since being diagnosed with bowel cancer in July 2018 fitness has had to be fitted in around treatments, but has been an important aspect of my recovery, both mentally and physically. I still have another operation due on the 3rd of January but hope to be back running within 4 weeks and start on those longer runs ready for London.”
Best of luck today, Chris - and we look forward to seeing you back out training soon!
If you’d like to sponsor Chris, please use this link
The Isle of Wight’s athletes now know what they will be wearing as they head off to Gibraltar for the Island Games next month (July).
Around 130 of this year’s selected sports stars received their kits during a launch event at Northwood House in Cowes this evening (Tuesday).
Among those in attendance was Olympic gold medallist Shirley Robertson OBE, appearing on behalf of Lord Lieutenant of the Isle of Wight Susie Sheldon. She wished the squad luck ahead of the tournament.
Main sponsors ICRTouch, which paid for this year’s strip, were also at the event to give the squad a final send-off.
At the meeting, Chair of the Isle of Wight Island Games Association Martin Goodall announced that Table Tennis player Daniel Burns would bare the flag at the tournament.
He appeared in Gibraltar the last time time it was hosted there. Speaking exclusively to Isle of Wight Radio he said:
“I’m very fortunate that the reason I’ve been chosen is because I first attended the Gibraltar 1995 games, however many years ago that was!
“So I was 15 years old and I’m nearly 40 now so for me it’s kind of like a full circle and I’m delighted to be going back.”
During each games, a traditional water ceremony is held – the equivalent to the Olympic flame – where each island brings its own water to mix together.
This year, water will be taken from Carisbrooke Castle’s well and presented by father and daughter Rob and Amelie Haworth.
The duo will compete in the mixed doubles Squash event. Rob said:
“I take Amelie to a lot of tournament’s around Europe and England and that’s taking Amelie – so for me to compete with my daughter is something very very special and I’m very proud.”
13-year-old Amelie added:
“It’s a big thing for both of us and it’ll be good that we get to do the doubles tournament together. It’s nothing like we’ve ever done before.”
The Isle of Wight Island Games have launched their new website www.iwiga.co.uk designed and hosted by the island based global EPoS developer ICRTouch. The site was launched with the hopes that the local community will generously help to raise funds for the 2019 island games in Gotland.
At the start of planning for the Gotland Games we identified that the cost of attending would be about double that of attending the previous games in Jersey. There was a fear that this would mean that some talented sports people would miss the opportunity to have their games moment not because they lacked skill or talent but because they lacked the funds. This might be through still being at school or still in education or training and those who live in poverty but find a release and social integration through dedication to their sports.
At the 2015 NatWest Island Games in Jersey our shooting teams performed at the highest level gaining a total of 20 medals across all shooting disciplines. The Ladies Clay Shooting team won 6 of those medals across team and individual disciplines with 3 of those being Gold including both the English Sporting and Sport Trap Team competitions.
Qualifying to represent the Island at a games can be a very special moment in a sporting career. Doing it twice is a brilliant achievement. But doing it for the second time 28 years after the first and in a completely different sport may just be unique!
Dawn Hodge was born on the Isle of Wight and attended Bembridge Primary School, Forelands Middle and Sandown High School. She was sporty from an early age and was a member of the Vectis swimming club, Ryde Harriers and Shanklin and Sandown Rowing Club. She represented the Island in both hockey and netball as well as athletics.
What does it take to be a swimmer for the Isle of Wight in the NatWest Island Games? In short, it takes a lot of hard work and commitment. Megan King gets up early, she is the the pool for training at 6am, 3 times a week, swimming for 1.5 hours before heading to school and then 4 times a week she is back in the pool after school or in the evening for a further 2 hours in the water. Her weekends consist of more early morning training or competitions on the mainland.
Team Isle of Wight needs your backing to compete at the games, and with options to donate a little each month or a kind one off, every penny counts, not just to the team but to the individual competitors.