Anyone who lives in Jersey know by now that the Natwest Island Games have now ended, and what a huge success it was. The success of the games can not just be measured by the success of our athletes, who won the games by a comfortable margin, but also by the organisation of everyone involved who made the games possible.
Jersey’s athlete’s certainly seemed to raise their game and perform to the maximum of their abilities in front of the home crowd. Cheered on by thousands of local Jersey folk at all the events, it’s no surprise that Jersey went on to claim 50 Gold medals, 54 silver and 29 bronze. It literally rained medals from the very first day of the games right to the finish and despite some tough competition from the Isle Of Man and the island we love to hate across the water, Jersey were victorious and not for the first time in their history.
Image left: The Jersey cycling team must have been inspired by the recent Team Sky win in the Tour De France. We saw some stylish riding, and great fashion in the events. It was interesting to see so many Bolle sunglasses making a comeback in cycling fashion.
But it’s not just the athletes that should be recognized for their achievements in the games. Thousands of people came together to make the games happen, form the organizing committee to the volunteers and sponsors, all of whom made the games the success it was. It’s a massive undertaking to organised so many events, athletes and fans, yet the whole event ran seamlessly, as if it was nothing more than a weekly occurrence on our small island.
And let’s not forget the people of Jersey too. Jersey is always known as being a friendly and welcoming place to visit and that was never more apparent than at the games. Foreign athletes and supporters were welcomed to Jersey and made to feel right at home. The community spirit is strong in Jersey, but that doesn’t mean that foreign visitors are shunned. In fact, Jersey did themselves proud in the way they made the thousands of visitors to the island feel comfortable.
So, now the games are over there is nothing else to do but prepare and look forward to the next island games. Let’s hope Jersey can perform to the same high standards and give us all plenty to cheer for.