With only 24 hours to go until Island Games 2019 gets underway, the Isle of Wight’s athletes are ready and raring to go!
Around 2,000 competitors from 24 Islands will take part in the tournament.
A 142-strong squad from the Island is heading to sunnier shores in Gibraltar.
Chairman of the Isle of Wight’s Island Games Association, Martin Goodall, says the athletes have been working hard since ever since the last event two years ago:
“I hope that everybody has the best possible time. That they are able to compete at their best.
“That they represent themselves, their coaches their families and their Island to the best of their abilities.
“I think with the athletes we have this year they will do the Isle of Wight proud!”
How did we fare last time?
The last Island Games was held in Gotland, Sweden in 2017.
That time round, Isle of Wight athletes claimed 26 medals between them.
Seven of those were gold, 12 of them silver, and seven were bronze.
Another Isle – the Isle of Man – topped the charts that year with 101 medals.
When does this year’s event start?
The event gets underway tomorrow (Saturday) night with an opening ceremony.
Tennis player Daniel Burns will carry the flag for Team Isle of Wight. The 39-year-old first competed at the games in 1995, when he was just 15 years old.
He says he is “delighted” to be given the role.
The traditional water ceremony will also take place tomorrow evening. Each competing island has brought water from their homeland – and will mix it together with others as a sign of friendship.
Father and daughter duo Rob and Amelie Hawarth, who will compete in the mixed squash doubles event, will take part for the Isle of Wight’s team.
Isle of Wight Radio will bring you the latest on Island Games 2019 on-air and online.