Ynys Môn Island Games Association

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Our Mission
We are a non-profit, volunteer led organisation dedicated to helping elite athletes from Ynys Môn to compete at the NatWest International Island Games.
With the support of the Ynys Môn Charitable Trust, we also work in partnership with local clubs and organisations to help children develop their skills in sport to give them the opportunity to compete in the future.
Gibraltar 2019

Gibraltar 2019

Gibraltar will host the next NatWest International Island Games

Saturday 6th – Friday 12th July 2019.

Please follow our social media platforms for updates on our progress towards Gibraltar 2019. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram @ynysmoniga for updates!

If you’re interested in getting more information on how to get involved as a competitor, coach, or official please get in touch through our contacts page.

If any businesses are interested in sponsoring the Association, please contact ymiga@hotmail.com. Many thanks to those who support the Association and our member sports.

 

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Ynys Mon set for formal Island Games Inspection as 2025 bid progresses

Ynys Mon’s bid to host the 2025 NatWest International Island Games – a competition often dubbed the Mini Olympics – are set to reach another milestone next week as the island’s facilities are undergo a final formal inspection with the island’s bid to host the Games at an advanced stage.

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Ynys Mon Football Academy plans reach important milestone

Exciting plans to secure a long-term legacy for young footballers across Ynys Mon are a step closer to becoming reality as proposals for an Ynys Mon Football Academy have reached an advanced stage.

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Ynys Mon at Gibraltar 2019 – Day Five Roundup

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On the penultimate day of action at the 2019 NatWest International Island Games in Gibraltar, the medal count sky-rocketed for Ynys Mon as they won two golds and a silver on their most medal-laden day of competition at this summer’s Games to date.

Finishing second and first in Races Eight and Nine, Dominic Breen-Turner continued a streak of five straight race finishes in the top two positions to cement his status as gold medal winner in the Laser Standard Rig Sailing competition, topping Guernsey’s Andrew Bridgman and Saaremma’s Peeter Kaju in the standings.

It is the first individual gold medal for Breen-Turner, who is no stranger to standing on the podium at the International Island Games after winning a number of gold medals in team sailing events previously and also silvers in the individual disciplines. His Games are now over with the conclusion of all the sailing competitions on Day Five, but what a way to round off an incredible week for the 29-year-old.

Over in the Swimming, Eve Goddard-Smith found her best form at the perfect time, powering her way to a gold medal with a personal best time of 2:23.19 in the 200m Butterfly event, finishing well clear of the chasing pack.

Jac Jones-Hughes and Daniel Bennett were the only other two swimmers competing for Ynys Mon on the final day of swimming competitions, and unfortunately neither was able to progress to a final but they and all of the swimming squad should be very proud of their efforts over the past four days.

In the athletics, it was a fantastic performance from Ffion Jones to secure the first silver medal for Ynys Mon of the Games as she put in a huge, huge effort to finish second in the 3,000m Steeplechase event late in the day at Lathbury – a hugely positive performance for the young athlete. Lucy Lawrence also did fantastically well with her fourth-placed finish in the event – a huge effort from both athletes in a very challenging event.

Amelia Hucks also stood out in the 400m Hurdles Final, as she secured a fifth-placed finish. Competing in the discipline for the first time ever, Hucks started well and looked more and more composed as the race went on before eventually sealing a very creditable finish after a seriously strong performance.

In the 100m Men’s event, it was an Ynys Mon record for Zach Price as his time of 11.03s – identical times set in both the semi-final and final – was enough to top Gareth Ellis’ 24-year record in the discipline, which was coincidentally also set in Gibraltar back in 1995.

Two hundredths of a second prevented Price from being named as Ynys Mon’s fourth medallist of the day as he was so, so close to finishing third in the standings in the final, but this young athlete – like his teammates – has put in a number of strong performances throughout the week and should be very proud of his efforts.

Cameron Jones couldn’t quite progress from the 100m semi-finals to join Price in the finals, but in what is only his first year of athletics training, Jones should too be hugely proud of the results he has achieved in his debut year in the sport.

Ffion Roberts battled her way into the final of the Women’s 200m event with an impressive time in her semi-final, but couldn’t quite bag a second medal of the Games for her in the final in a very strong field – she will have another chance at a medal tomorrow in the 4x400m relay.

Mixed Doubles day in the Badminton was another great experience for the Ynys Mon teams to compete against pairings of the highest quality and despite not managing to overcome any of their opponents on the day, matches were decided on the finest of margins which is very encouraging for this team that is still very much growing and developing in the Games.

The Cycling events concluded today with the Road Race and It was another massive effort this evening as the Ynys Mon team battled hard in very windy conditions to compete well in the event.

All of our cyclists and their team manager Jasmine Sharp have been fantastic this week on a very challenging programme of events, and they should be very proud of their performances!

The Shooting events also reached their conclusion today and it has been a very beneficial experience for Ynys Mon’s team who have competed fantastically well across the Games so far against Olympic and Commonwealth standard athletes in their sport, and this experience will only help them develop even more as they continue to move forward and represent their island in the future.

Before the Masters event gets underway tomorrow to close the Ten-Pin Bowling competition out for this year’s Games, all of the athletes got together today for a quick photograph to celebrate a fantastic week of non-stop competition.

Ynys Mon’s Ten-Pin Bowling team deserve massive credit for the way they’ve competed and developed in setting new personal bests against a very tough field of entrants who compete at the very highest level on a regular basis. Many positives can and should be taken back to Ynys Mon by the team as they look forward to representing Ynys Mon again at Guernsey in 2021.

And finally in the tennis competition, David Parry advanced to the semi-finals of the Junior Plate competition after moving through his Round of 16 fixture by virtue of a walkover before succeeding to overcome Isle of Wight’s Regan Matthews 6-3, 6-4 in the quarter finals. A semi-final and possible final awaits Parry tomorrow after Sion Myers was knocked out of the Senior Plate competition.

For a full list of results and times, head over to www.gibraltar2019results.com, where you can find records, schedules, fact-files and all sorts of information about the various events and get all the latest official results as they come in.

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Dominic Breen-Turner reflects on 2019 NatWest International Island Games.

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As we enter the final day of the 2019 NatWest International Island Games in Gibraltar, is it a very opportune time to reflect on what has been a very successful week of international sporting action on the Rock.

We caught up with Ynys Mon’s first gold-medal-winning athlete of this summer’s Games, Dominic Breen-Turner, to reflect on the exceptional experience he and the Ynys Mon team have had in Gibraltar.

“This is the first individual gold I’ve got, even though I’ve won quite a few golds in the team events and individual silvers, so it is quite a special one for me and also, as I’d argue that I’m beyond my peak laser sailing days it is really special to be able to come back and do this here.

“I’ve come out on my own this year, as we usually have a sailing team, so this year is unusual in that sense, but being able to come out here and know some of the guys from previous games or from school some time ago has been really nice.

“Even spotting an Ynys Mon t-shirt in town, it’s an immediate ‘how are you doing?’, ‘what sport are you doing?’, ‘can I come for a drink with you?’ … it is really nice having that familiarity in a really alien place.

“Saying that, it’s not even just the Ynys Mon t-shirts – it’s any t-shirt. Everyone who has been a part of this Games has been so friendly, there’s such a great vibe here, and everyone is so happy to help – they’re brilliant!”

A cursory look at the medal table will show that Ynys Mon are not amongst those islands challenging to ‘win’ the Games, as it were, but that is so far away from what the experiences of the NatWest International Island Games are all about.

Gibraltar has been bombarded with the best of the best athletes from the small islands of the world and welcomed them all with open arms, and whilst an impressive medal count of five is what Ynys Mon’s tally stands at at the time of writing, it doesn’t fully demonstrate the outstanding efforts that each and every one of the nearly 100 athletes and officials from Ynys Mon have put in whilst out in Gibraltar.

“We’ve had previous games where we’ve got more medals and things, but actually when you come out here and watch the sports you realise the person in fourth might miss out on a medal by the slightest of margins, and you never quite get those recognitions you deserve in terms of medals but when you’re out here watching what you see is second to none, it’s so inspiring.

“I’ve been speaking to the locals and they love the impact that the Games is having, their kids are starting to take up sports because of the level of international competition they’ve witnessed on their doorstep.

“I think that captures it perfectly actually – these games are about bringing that high level of international competition to a local venue in such a friendly way and really inspiring people.”

With Ynys Mon’s bid to host the NatWest International Island Games in 2025 receiving another boost this week as the island was announced as the International Island Games Executive Committee’s preferred hosts for the Games in six years’ time, Breen-Turner elaborated on why he thinks everything possible needs to be done to secure the Games on Ynys Mon in 2025.

“We need to push hard to host the Games in 2025. It is a brilliant opportunity and if we do it right it can be a massive, massive benefit to the island or even the wider region of north Wales where we are.

“As a competition it goes so much further than the sport itself. It pulls the locals in, the volunteers in for one reason or another – not just through helping out but contributing to the atmosphere of the week – and it contributes massively to the economy.

“We’re out here as a load of people who want to take over somewhere in the friendliest, most sporting nature of the word, and it is a fantastic experience that we should be pushing to bring to Ynys Mon in a few years’ time.”

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Ynys Mon at Gibraltar 2019 – Day Four Roundup

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Day Four breezed by in no time, and with it Dominic Breen-Turner moved into pole position in the Laser Standard Rig Sailing Event ahead of the final day of the event tomorrow.

Finishing second and first in Races Six and Seven earlier today, Breen-Turner flew to the top of the event’s overall standings with 14 points, four ahead of Guernsey’s Andrew Bridgman and five ahead of Saaremaa’s Peeter Kaju with Races Eight and Nine to come tomorrow and Race Ten unlikely to take place after a race had to be cancelled earlier in the week due to weather conditions.

Over at the Clay Shooting Range Ynys Mon had four shooters in action – Dave Jones, Stephen Hays, Iolo Edwards and Alex Sainsbury – across two events and the quartet continued to show battle and develop throughout the day’s action. Jones and Hays finished 10th and 11th respectively in the Olympic Skeet Individual event, with Sainsbury and Edwards finishing 22nd and 26th in the Automatic Ball Trap Individual event.

Edwards and Sainsbury will be in action again tomorrow, with Timothy Garner and Michael Harrison competing in the Olympic Trap Individual Event – good luck to all of Ynys Mon’s shooters!

Seven of the Ynys Mon Swimming team were in action up at Lathbury today as Lauren Jones, Emily Williams, Llion Myers, Michael Leonard and Jac Jones-Hughes competed in various 100m events, with Leonard and Daniel Bennett also contesting the 50m Butterfly Prelims and Jessica Parry competing in the 200m Backstroke Prelims.

Places in the respective e finals proved to be just out of reach of the Ynys Mon swimmers on Day Four, after reaching six finals across Day Two and Three, but with so many events being contested thick and fast, the swimming team have done exceptionally well to compete in the way they have done and continue to match or beat personal bests in a host of disciplines.

In the Ten-Pin Bowling it was time for the Team Events as the Men’s and Women’s squads got back to the action throughout the day – their fourth straight day of non-stop competition! And what was very impressive, showing just how much the team have benefitted from being involved in the Games, is that personal bests were set throughout the day for both teams, so congratulations to them for all of their efforts.

It was quite the day in the Tennis event as well, as four fixtures took place for Ynys Mon’s players – two Doubles matches and a Singles match for both individual players. The Doubles started bright and early down at Bayside against the Faroe Islands and, despite carrying injuries, Dave Parry and Sean Myers won in straight sets to progress to the quarter-finals that afternoon, eventually falling to Menorca.

In the Singles Plate competition, Parry won in three sets against another opponent from the Faroes, and Myers won by walkover against Jersey – both have matches to come on Day Five.

It was a very busy morning up at the track for our athletics squad as Ynys Mon were represented nine times during the morning’s events.

Iolo Hughes booked a place in Friday’s 1500m Men’s Final with a superb second-placed finish in his semi-final – with the third-best time overall!

Zach Price stormed to first place in his Men’s 100m Heat to book a place in the semi-final tomorrow, with Cameron Jones also qualifying for the semis with a fourth-placed finish in his Heat – well done to both!

Ffion Roberts continued her good form on the track by progressing to the 200m Women’s semi-final with a third-placed finish in her Heat. Catrin Jones also ran well in the 200m Women’s event but just missed out on a place in the semi-finals after a fantastic run from her.

Shon Evans and Guto Tegid just missed out on places in the Men’s 400m Final after two great runs from them, and Cameron Lawrence put in a huge performance in the 1500m Men’s event, but unfortunately couldn’t quite make the final.

Rounding off the day’s track action was Aled Jones in the 5,000m Men’s Final and he put in a massive effort to finish in the middle of a very competitive field, rounding off a great day of action up at Lathbury.

Over in the Men’s Singles Badminton Event, Ynys Mon’s last man standing Mathew Rankenhohn fell in straight sets against one of the top seeds from Jersey, but a very tight second leg could have gone either way (Jersey taking it 21-19) and had that gone differently then a deciding leg could have been very interesting.

Hannah Evans, Lowri Jones, Yvonne Matthews, Sion Matthews, Morgan Shaw and Hannah Lloyd competed in the plate competition, with the highlight being Lloyd’s win over an opponent from the Western Isles to secure a place in tomorrow’s quarter-finals.

There was no Cycling event today, with both Men’s and Women’s squads taking a well-deserved rest after their gruelling Time Trials, but tomorrow (Thursday) the Road Race takes place where Ynys Mon will be in action again.

Good luck to all of the Ynys Mon competitors, and those from other islands, as the Games progress to their penultimate day!

For a full list of results and times, head over to www.gibraltar2019results.com, where you can find records, schedules, fact-files and all sorts of information about the various events and get all the latest official results as they come in.

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Ynys Mon youngsters hail “best experience” out in Gibraltar

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Competing in what is often dubbed as the Mini Olympics, with plenty of new faces in the Ynys Mon squad for the 2019 NatWest International Island Games in Gibraltar these young sportspeople seem to be loving their experience out on the Rock.

Ynys Mon’s medal-winning athletes Patrick Harris and Ffion Roberts reflected on their week so far on the Mediterranean Coast and both beamed about the experiences they’ve had competing at such a high level.

Competing for the first time at Men’s level in the Games, 18-year-old Patrick Harris stormed to a bronze medal in the Shot Putt Final on Monday evening with a personal best score of 12.78m putting him behind perennial medal winners and seasoned athletes who took the top two positions in the event.

A huge moment for the youngster, he called the event his ‘best experience’ when looking back on the week he’s had in Gibraltar so far.

“I’ve been getting a lot of notifications on my phone at the moment.” Harris said. “I am quite tired to be honest, I used all of my energy so I’m glad it ended how it should have. I trained really hard to get to this point so I’m really, really pleased!

“I was really surprised to be the first Ynys Mon athlete to win a medal, because we’ve got such a strong team competing in a lot of sports over here and a lot of people have been close to getting medals already. I wasn’t expecting this at all but I’m very happy!

“It has been a brilliant week so far, the facilities are amazing, the people are fantastic, they’ve done all they can to support and help us – this has been the best experience I’ve had, for sure!”

Competing in her first International Island Games also, 19-year-old Ffion Roberts starred in the 400m Women’s event to take home a bronze medal in very tricky conditions up at Lathbury Sports Complex.

Again, hoping the experience of the Games would benefit her as an athlete and an individual, Roberts was delighted to walk away from her first event with a well-deserved medal and spoke about how much she is enjoying being in Gibraltar.

“I’m really, really happy – all of this is really exciting for me as it is my first games, and so my first medal as well. I think the race went well, although it was really windy so the conditions were tricky, but I’m really happy with the bronze!

“Coming into the Games I was just really looking forward to the experience, to be honest. It is such a big competition, contested abroad, I thought it would be great for me, but to win a medal is just big bonus.

“The atmosphere here is really good, it’s great to meet other people and share this experience with them. I’ve got the 200m today (Wednesday) and the 4x400m Relay on Friday, so I’m really looking forward to the rest of the week.”

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Ynys Môn confirmed as ‘Preferred Hosts’ for 2025 International Island Games.

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Ynys Môn’s bid to host the International Island Games on the island in 2025 was given another significant boost this week as the International Island Games Association (IIGA) Executive Committee confirmed the Welsh island’s status as preferred bidders to host what is dubbed as a Mini Olympics in six years’ time.

In the IIGA Annual General Meeting out in Gibraltar yesterday (Tuesday July 9th), Ynys Môn’s status was confirmed by the Executive Committee to the island’s 2025 Bid Committee. There is still some work to be done before Ynys Môn are confirmed as official hosts for the 2025 Games, but this is an important step forward for the Bid Committee.

Speaking today (Wednesday July 10th) following further discussions with the IIGA, Ynys Mon 2025 Bid Committee Chair Gareth Parry discussed the announcement and the next steps for the island’s bid to host the Games.

“This morning we were meeting with the Island Games Executive following the AGM yesterday morning where Ynys Mon were announced as the preferred hosts for 2025. This morning was a chance for us to have extended discussions with the Executive Committee about the next steps in our bid.

“Preferred hosts doesn’t necessarily mean that we are committed yet as the hosts for 2025, but we have 12 months now to show the Island Games Executive and the extended family that we are capable of hosting these games.

“The next step for us now will be an official inspection of accommodation and our sporting facilities this Autumn, and if we get through that stage then we’ll be producing our final bid document in March of next year, prior to presenting our bid to the islands in Guernsey next summer.

“I genuinely think that having had a successful football tournament recently has aided us in securing status as preferred hosts for 2025, but having said that and following this morning’s discussions we still have a lot of work to do on the island to get us over the line. We’ll need everyone on the island to get involved and support us over the next 12 months gain to make sure we get this over the line.”

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Ynys Mon at Gibraltar 2019 – Day Three Roundup

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On Day Three came a second medal at the Gibraltar 2019 NatWest International Island Games, as Ffion Roberts stormed to a bronze medal in the Women’s 400m event on Tuesday afternoon.

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Ynys Mon at Gibraltar 2019 – Day Two Roundup

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Day Two of six at the Gibraltar 2019 NatWest International Island Games brought about it’s first medal for Ynys Mon, and a number of other firsts as well on another positive day for the Welsh side.

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Ynys Mon at Gibraltar 2019 – Day One Roundup

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In the first of six action-packed days at the Gibraltar 2019 NatWest International Island Games, there were plenty of highlights for the Ynys Mon teams as eight of our nine travelling teams were in action across the day.

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