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“Very Very Special”: Isle Of Wight Athletes Gear Up For Island Games 2019

June 5th, 2019 by

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).

Team Isle of Wight’s sailing squad.

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.

Shirley Robertson OBE addresses the squad.

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.”

Thanks to the Isle of Wight Island Games Association.

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 Island Games runs from 6th to 12th July.

Isle of Wight Radio - By Oliver Dyer - 4th June 2019

Newport businesses rally to support Team Isle of Wight

May 1st, 2019 by

Team Isle of Wight has been boosted by a £740 donation from Newport Business Association (NBA).

The team will travel to Gibraltar in July for the 2019 Island Games and the cash from NBA will help towards their travel and accommodation costs.

Members of the organisation gave donations which the association match funded.

Jo Randall, of Newport’s Love Running shop, said: “Newport Business Association is proud to support the 2019 Island Games, and wishes every member of Team Isle of Wight a most enjoyable, exhilarating and successful event.”

From left to right, Kevin Winchcombe, Simon Randall (Love Running), Julie Jones-Evans (Dragonfly), John McLaughlin (Take 2), Jo Randall (Love Running), Steve Double (IW Venue Campaign) and Martin Goodall.

The donation followed a meeting between business association members and the Isle of Wight’s Island Games chairman, Martin Goodall, last summer.

Martin said: “We are really grateful to Newport Business Association for the donation.

“Competing in the Island Games is the pinnacle for many of our athletes - it’s like a mini  Olympics and a very special event to be involved in.

“We would hate for anyone who has been selected on merit to miss out over money, so any financial support we receive makes a huge difference.”


Kit sponsor for athletics squad

February 18th, 2019 by

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.


Crowdfunding Appeal Launched

November 30th, 2018 by

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 https://teamiow.org.uk/donate/

Supporters Kit Now Available

November 12th, 2018 by

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



New website launch to help raise funds for the Isle of Wight Island Games 2019

June 11th, 2018 by

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.


Support Fund Gets Huge Boost

March 6th, 2018 by

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.


Clay Shooting - Record

March 6th, 2018 by

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.


Meet Team IOW - Golf

December 7th, 2016 by

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.


Meet Team IOW - Swimming

November 4th, 2016 by
(Photo by IW County Press)
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.


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