The Commonwealth Games Association Isle of Man take immense pleasure in announcing the team for the up and coming Commonwealth Youth Games.
Up to 1000 young Commonwealth athletes aged between 14-18 will represent their countries and compete for 107 Gold Medals in 9 sports over 5 days at the Vth Commonwealth Youth Games, taking place on the Pacific Island nation of Samoa from the 5th-11th September 2015.
The Commonwealth Youth Games are for some the springboard to future Commonwealth Games Glory and for many a formative first taste of an international multi-sport competition and for all, a joyous celebration of high performance sport, personal development and new Commonwealth friendships made on the level playing field of sport.
The action takes place in the nation`s capital, Apia, across two sporting complexes that will play host to Aquatics, Archery, Athletics, Boxing, Lawn Bowls, Rugby Sevens, Squash, Tennis and Weightlifting.
Like the Commonwealth Games, all athletes stay in athletes village style accommodation and events comply with the relevant sporting federations technical rules and regulations, giving many competitors their first taste of an international multi-sport games. World anti-doping standards also apply.
Launched in 2000 and now in its fifth edition, the Youth Games are a sustainable opportunity for smaller cities and nations to benefit from hosting a major sporting event and indeed when the Isle of Man hosted the Games in 2011 it was both an excellent opportunity for our younger athletes to compete and also an opportunity for the Isle of Man to present itself on a global stage which it duly delivered.
The Isle of Man is represented in four sports namely Athletics, Archery, Boxing and Swimming.
The Athletes that have reached the required qualifying standards and have been selected are as follows:
Niamh Robinson, Brody Hewison, Alex Bregazzi (all swimming), Catherine Reid, Josh Hewett (athletics), Mathew Rennie (boxing), Charlotte Harris (Archery)
The officials are as follows: Team Leader and swimming- Leonie Cooil; archery- Peter Mumford; boxing- John Cain; athletics- Delia Fairclough. Team Doctor - Frank Vaughan
Juliet Holt, President of the Commonwealth Games Association Isle of Man said in a recent interview that she was delighted to be part of the Commonwealth Games Association and watch our younger athletes performing on a global stage. Household names such as Jessica Ennis Hill, Beth Tweddle and Louis Smith have all competed in the Commonwealth Youth Games and have used that experience and knowledge to assist them in their future development. It is hoped that our young athletes compete at the highest levels both now and in the future and indeed the Commonwealth Games represents the highest level where an athlete can represent the Isle of Man. Our young athletes of today will hopefully be our stars of tomorrow and the future of all sports lies in the succession of young athletes coming through the ranks and as an Association we actively encourage the development of the same.