Countdown to Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games


On the 15th July 2017 8 young Manx athletes departed the IOM to the Bahamas for the 6th edition of the Commonwealth Youth Games.

A 3 strong cycling team of William Draper, Jimmy Bostock and Tara Ferguson competed in both a Time Trial and Road race. The team did well under tough conditions for the Time Trial, but they really excelled themselves in the Road Race. Tara brought home the SILVER medal in the road race and Jimmy the GOLD!! Will also did exceptionally well to come home in 5th - a massive achievement on behalf of all the young cyclists.

The swim team was made up of Kazia Whittaker, Emma Hodgson, Euan MacMurchie and Joel Watterson. Team Isle of Man Swim exceeded all expectations, with all 4 athletes achieving new personal best time in multiple events, and as a team setting New National records in all three relay events.

The relays require 2 male and two females so this was the first games that the IOM could field a team and the members of team Utmost IOM Swimming did themselves proud with a best finish of 7th in the 4x100 freestyle team. The swim team highest placing overall.

Joel Watterson continued his record breaking form smashing his own national records in both the 50m and 100m freestyle events! Joel finished as 9th place or 1st reserve for the finals.

Kazia Whittaker gave a great account of herself in all of her events swimming new personal best times and achieving her first Long Course Minimum Standard for the Gold Coast Games in the 50m Fly event.

Emma Hodgson also had a collection of personal best times and her best performance came in the backstroke events with the 50m event smashing her previous best and achieving a Gold Coast Consideration Standard.

Euan Macmurchie swam personal best times in Every Race over the week with his form really hitting home over his favoured 50 freestyle and Fly events.

The 8th member of the team was David Mullarkey a talented long distance runner, competing in the 1500m event. His personal best prior to the race (3.59.70) ranked him in the lower half of the 14 strong entry. He ran a controlled, even-paced race, finishing with a 2 second personal best in 3.57.61 for 8th place. Since the team was selected, David has improved his 1500m time by over 5 seconds, and to continue this progress on such a big stage was an excellent result.

For more information regarding the CYG team find them within the 'Alumni Database' drop down menu.