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GOING TO GOTLAND

It’s been a busy couple of years of fundraising, squad selection and training.

Keep up to date with all the action from the Natwest Island Games in Gotland via their website. Team Ynys Mon updates will be posted on our Twitter, Facebook and now Instagram (@ynysmoniga) – wish us luck – and thanks, as ever, for your support! Diolch 

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REFLECTION

Ynys Mon finished the Jersey Island Games with 5 Gold and 5 Bronze medals. A fantastic week. Thank you Jersey – you were amazing hosts.

The Inter Games gymnastics competition held on home soil – in Holyhead Leisure Centre – was also a huge success and showcased what Anglesey can offer going forward in plans to host the main Games in 2025!

The hard work begins NOW for Gotland in 2017. Please keep following our Facebook and Twitter accounts for regular updates. On Facebook alone during the week of the Natwest Island Games in Jersey, our posts reached over 40,000 people. Thank you for all of your support. Diolch yn fawr iawn.

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Our medal winning Sailing team with Dawn Russell and the Mersea to Jersey lads!

UPDATE – DAY FOUR (1/7/2015)

Another day, another medal. We are now up to FOUR Bronze medals after a fantastic result for the women’s sport trap team shooting. Sailing is looking strong for a team and individual medal … watch this space.

UPDATE – DAY THREE (30/6/2015)

The Games are in full swing and we are delighted to announce that Ynys Mon has three bronze medals: Iolo Hughes 1500m, Connor Laverty discus and Mikaela Harrison 400m. Men’s football beat Gotland 3-2 today. David Parry won his tennis match. Lots of action for all the sports. In other news, Ynys Mon Island Games Association and our visitor Albert Owen MP attended the AGM and put in a formal intention to host the Natwest Island Games on Anglesey in 2025. Exciting stuff!

OPEN

Last night’s Opening Ceremony (27.06.2015) was a huge success and the Ynys Mon team made sure they had lots of air time with their dance moves (Mersea to Jersey and women’s football in particular). Well organised event and amazing atmosphere … the Games are ON!

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We have arrived!

The Ynys Mon team have been arriving in Jersey over the past few days. The athletics were first to arrive and met our twinned school First Tower Primary School to take part in some athletics sessions. The majority of the team headed over on coach and ferry yesterday (Friday), where we met our new supporters (Mersea to Jersey) en route.

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Women’s footballer Anna Roberts (water carrier for Ynys Mon) and shooting’s Tony White (flag bearer for Ynys Mon) collecting water at St Eilian’s (Llaneilian) yesterday to present at the opening ceremony of the International Island Games at Jersey in just over a week.

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Ynys Mon – Radio Cymru 17/6/15

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Some of our athletics team on Radio Cymru this morning. Use the link below to listen after 1 hour 9 minutes (Welsh language)

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Ynys Mon twinned with Jersey primary school

The Ynys Mon Island Games Association has been twinned with First Tower Primary School in Jersey, the host island for the International Island Games starting at the end of June.

Ahead of hundreds of Ynys Mon athletes, supporters and coaches travelling to Jersey to compete in the Games, a few visitors attended the school in Jersey last Friday (April 24th) to meet pupils and staff, lead sport sessions and show them letters that pupils from Anglesey had written for them.

Sports Development Officer Tom Rogers, said: “The visit was part of a timetable of planned activities by the Ynys Mon Island Games Association to twin with Tower Hill Primary School and get Anglesey school pupils involved in sport and the Games.”

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Prior to the visit, which included Iolo Hughes who won a Gold Medal in the 5k in the Bermuda Island Games, Gold Young Ambassador Gwenan Williams and coach Gwenno Roberts, visits were made to some primary schools on Anglesey. Ysgol Llaingoch and Ysgol Morswyn took part in a gymnastics session and Ysgol Esceifiog, Gaerwen enjoyed a football session. The aim was to encourage them to take part in some of the sports played at the Island Games and to explain to them what the Games are all about. Pupils also wrote letters to the Jersey pupils including some of their favourite Welsh words and phrases.

Tower Hill Primary School were delighted by the preparation from the pupils and coaches. They said: “Pupils were very excited to receive their letters and thrived in the PE sessions, which gave them the opportunity to develop some skills as well as exercise their healthy competitive natures! The experience was an absolute privilege.”

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Mersea to Jersey

Team Ynys Mon have gained the backing of a group of neutral supporters ahead of their trip to the International Island Games in Jersey this Summer.

Three brothers, Rob, Richard and Pete Miller and their friend Dave, keen neutral fans of the Games, had been voting to decide which Island they would be cheering on in Jersey this June and July, with Ynys Mon their unanimous winners, from 24 competing islands.

Pete Miller explained: “As a big football fan, I went to the Island Games on the Isle of Wight in 2011 after reading about it online and slept in my car for five nights, taking in plenty of football and all the other sports. I fell in love with the Games and the friendly yet competitive nature of them.”

Last Summer, the group met at Rob’s home on Mersea Island – a tiny island in Essex – and decided to back one island to make the experience in Jersey more memorable.

Pete, 30, who runs a Christian youth charity in the Midlands added: “We went through a selection process and shortlisted the Falklands, Isle of Man and Ynys Mon. We decided on Ynys Mon as they have both men’s and women’s team in the football which is our main sport. They have a brilliant online presence, meaning we can get to know people before we actually get there and they’re not one of the big islands in terms of medals so we’re hoping our support makes a difference.”

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Thursday, March 19th 2015

MEN’S FOOTBALL – An evening was held at Carreg Bran, Llanfairpwll to announce the selection for the men’s squad for Jersey. See the football page for more information. The women’s team will be announced soon.

March 16th 2015

SUPPORT – The Mersea to Jersey supporters (x4) have chosen to support Ynys Mon at the Island Games in Jersey and we are excited to welcome them to our team! The neutral supporters – brothers Rob, Richard and Pete Miller and their friend Dave – voted for Ynys Mon from their shortlist (Ynys Mon, Falklands and Isle of Man). They got together at Rob’s on Mersea Island (Essex) to announce it. Follow the guys on Twitter @MerseatoJersey

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Friday, February 27th 2015

BID – An open meeting was held tonight at Llangefni Town Hall to discuss an Anglesey Bid for the Island Games in 2025. Thanks to all who attended and we look forward to future discussions.

Monday, January 26th 2015

FOOTBALL – Tonight, the draws for the football at Jersey Island Games took place live on Channel TV. Ynys Mon face tough competition in both the men’s and women’s groups. The men are in Group B with Gotland, Gibraltar and Guernsey and the women are in Group A with Guernsey, Isle of Wight and Aland.

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