A crowdfunding appeal has been set up to give all Team Isle of Wight hopefuls the chance to take part in the next Island Games.
A 142-strong squad from the Isle of Wight will head to Gibraltar in July next year to compete against other Islands from across the world.
However, unlike the others, the Isle of Wight receives no central funding, leaving team
members scrambling to find the cash themselves.
It costs each individual around £800 to go and team managers want to select people for their talent, not their financial circumstances.
Martin Goodall, chairman of the Isle of Wight Island Games Association, said:
“We don’t want money to stop us from taking the best team possible from the Isle of Wight. Many of those we could select are either still at school or college or not working for different reasons.
“This event is like a mini Olympics and it’s something our athletes will never forget. Our team members are hugely talented, dedicated and are proud to represent the Island.
“We would love the Island community to get behind the team through our crowdfunding appeal to help us ensure no-one who deserves to go misses out.”
Team Isle of Wight will compete in 12 sports in Gibraltar – athletics, badminton, cycling, judo, sailing, shooting, squash, swimming, table tennis, tennis, triathlon and basketball.
The event runs from 6 to 12 July 2019.
You can donate to the appeal, here.