Guernsey 2023 Review

Six weeks ago we were at the end of a fantastic week on Guernsey for the XIX edition of the Island Games. The week was full of action, records, medals and entertainment. Competition was fraught, exciting, competitive but friendly. Ynys Môn took a team of 116 competitors plus officials with the aim of building on the last Island Games four years ago and beginning preparations for the 2027 Games on Anglesey.

Expectations were overachieved with a record-breaking week of medals for Ynys Môn.

18 medals in total = our most ever

6 Gold medals = our most ever

7 Silver medals = our most ever  

But beyond that there were personal bests, Island Records and best Island Games performances. We’ll take a look back at that incredible week sport by sport in alphabetical order.  

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This was our Athletes finest performance at the Island Games.

5 Gold medals, 4 Silver medals and 2 Bronze medals. Never before had the team won more than 2 Golds in one Games.

It helped having Cari Hughes and Osian Perrin available to represent the island for the very first time, both picking up a Gold. But also Iolo Hughes’s continued participation gives the young athletes so much experience around them. With his 2 Gold medals in Guernsey adding to the 4 medals he’s won previously he is now 2nd in Ynys Môn’s best Island Games competitor list. He’s also 3rd for most decorated.

800m Gold medal winning siblings Cari and Iolo Hughes.

Aside from the medals it was incredible in terms of Island Records. 14 in total were broken however 3 were broken twice and 1, Women’s 200m, was broken 3 times all by Ffion Roberts.

Here’s the list of record breakers:

ZacharyPriceM100mSemi-final 111.02
CameronJonesM200mHeat 122.63
CameronJonesM200mSemi-final 122.26
FfionRobertsF200mHeat 325.19
FfionRobertsF200mSemi-final 125.02
FfionRobertsF400mHeat 156.58
CariHughesF800mHeat 22:15.12
CaiJonesM4 x 100mFinal42.69
ZacharyPriceM4 x 100mFinal42.69
EwanJonesM4 x 100mFinal42.69
CameronJonesM4 x 100mFinal42.69
EliJonesF4 x 100mHeat 148.24
TeleriJonesF4 x 100mHeat 148.24
NonRedvers JonesF4 x 100mHeat 148.24
FfionRobertsF4 x 100mHeat 148.24
CariHughesF4 x 400mFinal3:58.84
TeleriJonesF4 x 400mFinal3:58.84
NonRedvers JonesF4 x 400mFinal3:58.84
FfionRobertsF4 x 400mFinal3:58.84
PatrickHarrisMShot PutFinal14.75m

  On top of all that there were multiple PBs:

CameronJonesM200mSemi-final 122.26
CianGordon-ClarkM400mHeat 155.47
NonRedvers JonesF400mHeat 21:00.89
MeganRobertsF100m HurdlesFinal18.79
BenSergeantM3,000m SteeplechaseFinal10:11.48
HarriMorganM3,000m SteeplechaseFinal10:16.21
PatrickHarrisMShot PutFinal14.75m
CadiEdwardsFShot PutFinal7.36m
DionGriffithMHalf MarathonFinal1:12:24
RobertMansellMHalf MarathonFinal1:18:07

Then of course we now hold another Island Games record thanks to the remarkable performance by Osian Perrin in the Men’s 5,000m. He controlled the final and ended up racing against himself and the clock. This record joins the records held in Archery by Rhys Jones (Men’s Recurve Head to Head Knockout – 2005) and in Shooting by Tom Thomas (Men’s English Sporting Individual – 1997). Athletics coordinator, Barry Edwards, was rightly congratulated on his teams performance by being given the honour of carrying the Ynys Môn flag at the closing ceremony. It’ll be tough to beat the Guernsey Games for the Athletics team.   

Barry Edwards, Athletics Coordinator, chosen as flag bearer for the Closing Ceremony.


Over half of the team were newcomers to the Island Games. 13th place out of 17 in the Team Event was the highest position for Ynys Môn since 1997. This included victories against Western Isles and Bermuda.

There was also improvement in the mixed doubles as Lowri Jones and Mathew Rankenhohn reached the Rd of 16. The last time Ynys Môn got this far was in 1997 and like this year the team lost to Guernsey.  During the week, all seven of our badminton players picked up at least one victory during a very busy week.    

Ynys Môn Badminton team.


It was the first time Ynys Môn sent a basketball team to the Island Games since Rhodes in 2007. Then it was 8th position, this time 7th. This could have been different if the two matches narrowly lost to the Faroe Islands had gone our way, with the team missing out on a bronze medal match by just FOUR points!

It was fantastic to see us competing in the basketball competition once again and hopefully it’ll be the start of many more appearances at the Island Games.   

Men’s basketball team after beating Isle of Wight 69-63.

Bowls (Indoor)

Another returning sport for Ynys Môn, Shetland in 2005 was the last time we competed in the bowls. Adrienne Edwards and Nia Rogers were both in the team then too. They were joined by Ann and Raymond Worthington this time and the 4 of them had a brilliant week among all the other teams. It was a great effort from them all especially when you consider that they don’t play indoor bowls but crown green which is very different. They were also up against some excellent other teams.  Despite this, Ann picked up a Singles win against Alderney; and Adrienne and Nia beat Falkland Islands in the Pairs.  

Ynys Môn’s Indoor Bowls team.


Gwenno Hughes was a team all by herself in the cycling, although assisted by Rob Mansell with preparations. She came into these games having finished 4th in the Town Criterium and 5th in the Time Trial back in Gotland in 2017 at a very young age. Now 6 years older, stronger and more experienced Gwenno battled her way to a Bronze in the Time Trial and a great 7th place in the Road Race, an event suited to those with teams around them.  

Gwenno Hughes Women’s Time Trial Bronze medallist with Rob Mansell.


With no football competition in Gibraltar in 2019 it was held as an inter-games on Anglesey the same year. What a tournament it was with the women picking up the Silver medal and the men Gold. It was going to be hard to match 4 years on. The women had never finished above 6th place outside of the inter-games and hadn’t actually won an Island Games game since last on Guernsey in 2003. So to beat Guernsey on their own turf and then to beat Jersey by coming from 2-0 down was fantastic. 5th place and so much to build on. If only we could have changed the first 10 minutes of the loss to Western Isles.

Women’s football 5th placed team.

For the men it was 22 years since their last Island Games final appearance and in that time 5th was the highest they’d achieved. The group stage was comfortable for the team with victories over Shetland, Falkland and the Isle of Man. A young fit Bermuda side looked a tough challenge in the first 20 minutes of the semi-final but soon the experience of the Ynys Môn team was clear to see. Unfortunately, the final wasn’t the game we wanted to remember. But it was brilliant to have made it that far and once again more to build on for 2 years’ time in Orkney.  

Men’s football team after victory against Bermuda in the semi-final.


Another sport we returned to this year after a 14 year hiatus. We sent a team of 4 who had mixed emotions through their 4 rounds. Conditions were tough and there was a huge roster of competitors. Jack Carter came out best for Ynys Môn finishing 8th out of the 74 competing and was only 5 shots off a medal.  In the team event, Ynys Môn finished 9th out of 18, 33 shots off the medals.  

Jack Carter teeing off on the 1st tee on Day 1.


Sailing started the week as our most successful sport in terms of Gold medals and Dom Breen-Turner just 1 Gold away from becoming Ynys Môn’s most successful competitor. However the start of the week wasn’t favourable with no wind for the first 4 races. Once it finally did pick up there was some catching up to do. Dom finished 1st in 4 of the next 6 races and 2nd once. This pulled him up to second and so close to the Gold but it wasn’t too be this year. Good solid performances from the other 3 helped the team achieve the bronze medal. Dom became just the 6th Ynys Môn competitor to win at least 1 of each colour medal.  

Sailing Team Bronze medallists: Michael Thorne, Dom Breen-Turner, Ryan Seddon, Josh Metcalf.


The shooting team had never won more than 2 medals at an Island Games before and the last medal was in 2009. This year’s achievement of a Gold, Silver and Bronze was fantastic. It all started with the Women winning the Silver in the Sporting Trap Team. This was vindication for Catriona Duffy who in 2015 had finished 3rd in the Team but due to too few teams competing there was no Bronze medal awarded. The same was true this year but by finishing 2nd the ladies secured the medal. David Tavernor had a brilliant week’s shooting. Firstly in the English Skeet team with Neil Fredericks where they won Bronze but then the next day he reached a shoot off in the final of the skeet where he out shot the Isle of Man athlete to win the Gold. A good week for our shooters.  

Ynys Môn’s shooting team.


With only 2 swimmers this year and both first timers at the Island Games and still young there weren’t expectations of them winning Gold medals. However it’s not always about the medals. Both Hywyn Jones and Elliot McCarrick had an excellent week in the pool. They competed in the same 5 events and both secured personal bests in ever race apart from one race for Elliot. That takes a lot of hard work to perform at your best over 4 days. They’ll have picked up so much valuable experience racing against the other Islands and seeing international swimmers in action.  

HywynJonesM50m BackstrokePrelims31.15
ElliotMcCarrickM50m BackstrokePrelims37.28
HywynJonesM50m BreaststrokePrelims35.02
ElliotMcCarrickM50m BreaststrokePrelims39.59
HywynJonesM100m Individual MedleyPrelims1:08.29
ElliotMcCarrickM100m Individual MedleyPrelims1:16.30
HywynJonesM50m ButterflyPrelims29.69
ElliotMcCarrickM50m ButterflyPrelims32.84
HywynJonesM50m FreestylePrelims27.36
ElliotMcCarrickM50m FreestylePrelims30.09
Swimming Team at the opening ceremony: Elliot McCarrick, Liz Williams, Hywyn Jones.


The triathlon is always one of the first events of the week and it was no different this year. Sunday morning on the West coast of Guernsey and all was set for a brilliant competition. Phil Lynes was back for his 4th Island Games and Charlie Butterfield his 2nd but everyone else in the team was new. The water was rough for the start of the event making it challenging for even the best swimmers. Support was out in force to cheer on each competitor in turn. It was a great effort from all of our team and they enjoyed their experience of the Games.    

Ynys Môn’s Triathlon team.

Gymnastics Inter-Games

We, of course, can’t miss our fantastic Gymnastics team who travelled out to Åland the week before Guernsey for the Inter-Island Games. This was because Guernsey didn’t include Gymnastics as one of the 14 chosen sports. Something always has to miss out and unfortunately that was Gymnastics, again, this year.

But it was a fantastic week for the team we sent in both the Senior and Junior competitions. The team consisted of 13 in total; 6 senior girls, 6 junior girls and 1 senior boy.  

It was Silver for the Junior Girls in the Team Event on the second day of competition and this was followed by a Silver for Cara Williams in the Junior Vault and Bronze for Shannon Williams in the Junior Floor.

Junior Girls Silver Medallists

The Senior Team just missed out on a medal coming in 4th position. It’s the best position they’ve finished in for over 20 years so they should all be incredibly proud.

Gymnastics returns to the main Island Games programme in Orkney. We can’t wait to see the team there.      

Senior Girls team and Senior Boy

It’s only 2 years now until the next Island Games which will be held in Orkney. There’ll be plenty of old face returning once again to wear the Ynys Môn colours but we’ll also have a lot of new competitors experiencing the Island Games for the very first time. Will you be part of them? See if you’re eligible to compete and how to get in touch if you are. 

2 thoughts on “Guernsey 2023 Review

  1. Many thanks Ynys Mon for the wonderful week I had had as one of your Attaches. It was amazing.

  2. This brought back fond memories of a great week here on Guernsey 🇬🇬. As one of the attaches it was a great pleasure to be part of Team Ynys 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿. Really enjoyed meeting you all and to see the commitment and effort from all the competitors and management was quite something. Well done all and I hope to see you again when you host in 2027.

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