Team IoM head to Bahamas for Commonwealth Youth Games

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The Isle of Man is sending an eight-strong team to compete in the sixth Commonwealth Games which take place in the Bahamas next week.

The Games run from next Wednesday, July 19 until the following Sunday and sees up to 1,300 athletes aged 14-18 from 71 nations and territories competing.

The CYG, which was staged in the Isle of Man in 2011, gives young athletes the experience to compete at a high level, with many often going on to become professional sportspeople.

The eight-strong team consists of swimmers Joel Watterson, Kazia Whittaker, Emma Hodgson and Euan MacMurchie, cyclists Thomas Bostock, Will Draper and Tara Ferguson, and runner David Mullarkey.

The team will travel to Nassau, Bahamas this Sunday via America accompanied by team leader Rosemary Kinley and three sport team managers. The medical team accompanying the athletes consists of Dr Frank Vaughan and physiotherapists Ruth Cooil and Wendy Shallcross.

President of the Isle of Man Commonwealth Games Association Basil Bielich commented: ’I would like to congratulate all the athletes who have been selected for the team. Not only is it a fantastic experience to be able to compete at an international level but is also a great honour to be representing the Isle of Man.

’I hope they enjoy this amazing event and I am sure they will do us all proud.’

With cycling making a return to the Commonwealth Youth Games for the first time in six years the Isle of Man Cycling Association underwent a rigorous selection process.

Ferguson, Bostock and Draper have been chosen to compete in an individual 5.8-mile time trial followed by a 40-mile road race.

Head of performance at IoMCA, Graeme Hatcher said: ’This is a fantastic opportunity for our young Manx riders to experience this multi-sport competition at an international level.

’I’d like to thank the Isle of Man Commonwealth Games Association and its partners for helping Tara, Jimmy and Will get to the Games.

’These riders show a lot of promise for the Games as well as for representing the island in the future, and we wish them all the best in the Bahamas.’

The cyclists will face the cream of Commonwealth talent and, after a successful period of racing at the Island Games and in Europe, the Manx riders look well-placed to challenge for medals.

Renowned International cyclists including Elinor Barker, Lucy Garner, Owen Doull and Caleb Ewan competed at the 2011 Commonwealth Youth Games in the island and have all gone on to become Olympic and International elite stars. The cycling team will be managed by Tim Kennaugh who is the performance manager for British team JLT Condor.

For more information about the Isle of Man Commonwealth Games Association including ways to support Team Isle of Man visit www.cga.im

The CYG, which was staged in the Isle of Man in 2011, gives young athletes the experience to compete at a high level, with many often going on to become professional sportspeople.

The eight-strong team consists of swimmers Joel Watterson, Kazia Whittaker, Emma Hodgson and Euan MacMurchie, cyclists Thomas Bostock, Will Draper and Tara Ferguson, and runner David Mullarkey.

The team will travel to Nassau, Bahamas this Sunday via America accompanied by team leader Rosemary Kinley and three sport team managers. The medical team accompanying the athletes consists of Dr Frank Vaughan and physiotherapists Ruth Cooil and Wendy Shallcross.

President of the Isle of Man Commonwealth Games Association Basil Bielich commented: ’I would like to congratulate all the athletes who have been selected for the team. Not only is it a fantastic experience to be able to compete at an international level but is also a great honour to be representing the Isle of Man.

’I hope they enjoy this amazing event and I am sure they will do us all proud.’

With cycling making a return to the Commonwealth Youth Games for the first time in six years the Isle of Man Cycling Association underwent a rigorous selection process.

Ferguson, Bostock and Draper have been chosen to compete in an individual 5.8-mile time trial followed by a 40-mile road race.

Head of performance at IoMCA, Graeme Hatcher said: ’This is a fantastic opportunity for our young Manx riders to experience this multi-sport competition at an international level.

’I’d like to thank the Isle of Man Commonwealth Games Association and its partners for helping Tara, Jimmy and Will get to the Games.

’These riders show a lot of promise for the Games as well as for representing the island in the future, and we wish them all the best in the Bahamas.’

The cyclists will face the cream of Commonwealth talent and, after a successful period of racing at the Island Games and in Europe, the Manx riders look well-placed to challenge for medals.

Renowned International cyclists including Elinor Barker, Lucy Garner, Owen Doull and Caleb Ewan competed at the 2011 Commonwealth Youth Games in the island and have all gone on to become Olympic and International elite stars. The cycling team will be managed by Tim Kennaugh who is the performance manager for British team JLT Condor.

For more information about the Isle of Man Commonwealth Games Association including ways to support Team Isle of Man visit www.cga.im

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