The wait is finally over! Island Games 2019 gets underway this evening (Saturday).
142 athletes from the Isle of Wight made the journey yesterday morning (Friday) – arriving in Gibraltar last night.
We left the Isle of Wight this morning and now we’ve arrived in Gibraltar. Let the games begin! (They officially start tomorrow night!)
This evening, around 2,000 competitors from the 24 Islands will take part in an opening ceremony marking the start of the competition.
Table Tennis player Daniel Burns will carry the flag for Team Isle of Wight. The 39-year-old appeared in Gibraltar the last time time it was hosted there in 1995, when he was just 15.
Speaking exclusively to Isle of Wight Radio, he said:
“I’m overwhelmed to be carrying it in, having attended so many games in the past.
“Some of the great names that have actually carried these flags for the Island and what it means and what it represents is a wonderful achievement!”
The traditional water ceremony will also take place – the Island Games equivalent to the Olympic flame.
Thanks to Red Funnel Isle of Wight Ferry for supporting us as we head to Gibraltar.Our youngest competitor, 13-year-old Amelie, is taking us there in style!
Each island has brought its own water and will mix it together as sign of respect.
This year, water has been taken from the well at Carisbrooke Castle. It will be presented by father and daughter squash players Rob and Amelie Haworth.
Tonight’s ceremony gets underway from 6.30pm BST. You can watch it live on GBC’s Facebook page, here.
Tomorrow (Sunday), the action gets underway. Athletics, Badminton and the Triathlon are just a few of the sports taking place.
Isle of Wight Radio will keep you up to date with everything Team Isle of Wight on-air and online.