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Opening ceremony marks the start of 2019 Island Games

July 6th, 2019 by

The 2019 NatWest Island Games is officially underway in Gibraltar.

Around 2,500 competitors from 24 islands, including about 140 from the Isle of Wight, featured in tonight’s (Saturday’s) parade at the opening ceremony.

Nine-time table tennis gold medallist Dan Burns carried the Island’s flag, while 13-year-old squash star Amelie Haworth delivered the Isle of Wight’s water, which was mixed with samples from all the islands as part of a ceremonial tradition.

The Isle of Wight will compete in 12 sports during the week-long games - athletics, badminton, basketball, cycling, judo, sailing, shooting, squash, swimming, tennis, table tennis and triathlon.

The competition starts tomorrow (Sunday).

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