Island Games Team Announcement
Guernsey Athletics has announced its team for the 2019 Island Games in Gibraltar. Previous athletes and newcomers make up the 32-strong team.
The team manager Tom Druce has released the following statement:
“We have shown faith in some of the younger athletes who just missed out on their qualifying marks – with Guernsey 2021 around the corner it only seems right to try to expose athletes to this level of competition to aid their preparation for that. Tom Brierley in the discus is a great example of someone who has put a lot of work and effort in of late to try and make the Island Games team – the selectors noted the unfortunate situation with regards to the lack of javelin or hammer in the Games this time and the importance of putting the throws ‘out there’ as an event group. It is important for the development of that area of the sport and again to prepare and encourage ahead of 2021. Tom is one of a few developing athletes who the selectors and management are delighted to offer this opportunity to.”
“We have a few likely medal winners who unfortunately are not going to be with us this year for various reasons, but it
is now time to focus on those who will be. There are at least one or two who I think will go under the radar for now
and then produce something significant in July.”