Today marks two years to the day until the Guernsey 2023 Island Games begins.
We should have all been in Guernsey this week for the Games however due to the global coronavirus pandemic the decision was made by the IIGA to postpone for two years. It means there will have been a four year gap between Gibraltar 2019 and Guernsey 2023. It’s hard to think we won’t see our Island Games family and friends for such a long time but when we do it will be such an extra special week.
There is no rest for our Ynys Môn competitors though. They are busy training and competing across the UK in preparation for Guernsey 2023. There have been so many fantastic performances from our team in the past few months. With all the brilliant effort going in now we can’t wait to see how Ynys Môn get on in two years time.
Here’s a video with some teasers of what’s going on at the moment
In Athletics there are some talented individuals who are confirmed for the Games in two years time along with plenty of previous medallists returning and also some strong juniors coming through the ranks.
Here’s Cari Hughes who’s represented both Wales and GB over the years with a look at her training during lockdown and how she has got on. Cari hasn’t yet been able to represent Ynys Môn at the Island Games so we have everything crossed that she will be able to in Guernsey https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bcuW286IChE
Osian Perrin has had a sensational year on the track culminating with his breaking of the 44-year old Welsh Junior 5000m record. He’s going from strength to strength with every race. Keep and eye on him! You may have seen him recently on the track at the British Championships, running the U20s 3000m just minutes before Mo Farah was out for the 10,000m. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lCXzH0DGq98
For Anna Braicgirdle it was the slightly longer distance of the marathon that saw her achieve victory at the Snowdon Marathon in the women’s race https://www.facebook.com/TDLEventSrvcs/videos/1748575498598435/
Beca Bown is definitely one to watch out for in two years time. In the U15s she is consistently out running everyone, even winning the Welsh National Championships for U15s in February 2020. https://www.thepowerof10.info/athletes/profile.aspx?athleteid=897089
There will be more updates throughout the next two years to keep you up to date with how our competitors are gearing up to a very exciting Island Games.
See you in Guernsey 2023!