- Royal photographs and action photographs of the Island Games
are available for viewing and ordering on a next day service
from The Picture Box, professional photographers. Our marquee
is situated next to the NSC track. Contact telephone number:
01624 611884 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org or www.themanxpicturebox.com
- Our Royal visitors had a very busy day yesterday. They
started the Half-Marathon at the NSC and the Triathlon in
Ramsey. In addition they visited the Badminton, Ladies' Football,
Sailing and Tennis events. In addition they formally opened
the new HQ of the Ramsey Sailing Club.
- The first gold medal of the 9th Games went to the home nation
when the Mens' Half Marathon was won by Colin Moore. Shortly
afterwards Marie Noon made it a local double by winning the
- Day 2, today, sees the first competitive action in Archery,
Cycling (Time Trial), Gymnastics and Swimming.
Sunday July 8th
- Wow! The Games got off to a really inspiring start last night.
In spite of the disappointing chilly and damp weather which led
to the cancellation of the Red Falcons display everything went
as planned. All the teams got here, some just in time, to join
the colourful march past of over 2,000 competitors led by 3 brass
bands. The capacity crowd were entertained by singers and dancers,
a stirring gymnastic display by some 300 young Manx gymnasts,
the traditional water ceremony, speeches of welcome, the raising
of the IGA flag, the swearing of the competitors' oath and the
evening ended with a truly spectacular firework display.
Saturday July 7th
- the Games Radio Station on 1368mw goes on air today. Sponsored by
Bet Internet.Com and Manx Radio its studio has been set up in the
entrance to the NSC. Tune in regularly for a lively coverage of all
the news of the Games together with many live broadcasts of events.
- some changes to the Golf programme - the 2nd round of the Ladies'
competition at Castletown on Wednesday will now begin at 1240 the
final round of the Mens' on Friday will now start at 0730 - Judy Jeavons
is the Ladies' Organiser whilst Terry Groves is Deputy Co-ordinator.
- Ronaldsway Met Office tell us that today will be cooler than yesterday
but that there is a chance we may have the occasional heavy shower
later in the day - here's hoping the showers stay away for the Opening
- here's hoping too that all our visitors arrive in time! Yesterday
those coming from the Channel Islands and the Shetlands experienced
problems and delays with fog(not here but there!)
Friday July 6th
We're nearly there! TOMORROW sees the grand opening of the 9th
NatWest Island Games by HRH Prince Edward! Here's hoping all present
will enjoy the opening ceremony and that all involved in the week's
events will have a really memorable time, perform at their best, make
plenty of new friends and enjoy all that our very special island offers.
- the 'invasion' of spotsmen, sportswomen, officials and supporters
is well under way. Today sees the arrival of parties from the Shetlands,
Froya, Alderney, Gibraltar,Jersey, Ynys Mon, the Orkneys, Hitra, Rhodes
and Prince Edward Island.
Thursday July 5th
Today is Tynwald Day, a public holiday and our Manx National Day,
when many gather at Tynwald Hill to hear the laws enacted during the past
year proclaimed in Manx and English and to participate in the festivities
of Tynwald Fair
Games souvenir programmes now on sale from Thursday (today) lunchtime
from the NSC (delayed issue following printing difficulties) - cost £3
Changes to the issued Games bus services schedules will be notified
each day of the Games in this section of the site (the schedule is posted
in the Latest News section of the web site
changes to the schedule of medal presenters will also appear in this
section on a daily basis
- Today we welcome the first arriving competitors, 30 in the advance party
from the Caymans arrive at Ronaldsway from Heathrow at 1715 closely followed
by the St.Helena squad on the boat at 1745. Later the 40 strong Falkland
Island group arrives by air at 2045. Both St.Helena and Falkland Island
groups will have had epic journeys to get here with the St.Helena group
starting with a 5 day boat trip to Capetown and the Falkland Islanders (the
furthest island from us - some 8,000 miles) having to endure an 18 hour
trip crammed into an RAF Tri-Star plane.
Tuesday July 3rd
- The stage is almost set! The final full rehearsal
for this Saturday's Opening Ceremony took place last Saturday, banners are
flying all over the Island, the medals have been engraved, accreditation and
welcome packages have been put together, PCs and printers and extra telephone lines for the Results
Service and for the media are nearly all installed, the very complex transport
schedules have all been put together, the huge number of volunteer helpers
have been briefed, the catering tents are up, and at all the sporting venues
the final touches are being applied - and the first teams will soon be with
- over 150 media personnel have now been accredited
so we're hoping for first class coverage of the Games in the press, on radio
- the Gideons are providing some 3,000 Gideon Bibles
(in the range of languages covered by our visitors) for distribution to competitors,officials
- and, most importantly the weather forecast for Saturday
is favourable! We shouldn't have to use the wet weather programme for the
Monday July 2nd
Friday June 29th
- Games souvenir programmes go on sale at the NSC foyer desk until tomorrow
(Wednesday) lunchtime. Costing £3 they give full details of all the events together
with much essential background information.
There will be individual programmes for each of the 15
sports focussing on the key information for each particular sport. They cost
£1 each - each competitor will receive a copy in their accreditation pack.
- The Opening Ceremony on Saturday July 7th is a
complete sell out!
- Visitors from off-island who wish to watch the various competitions are
strongly advised to purchase an 'Accredited Spectator Package'. At a cost
of £30 sterling this gives the right to use the Games free transport
facilities (shuttle buses, steam railway, horse trams, electric tram etc)
and gives entry to the Opening and Closing Ceremonies (subject to availability).on
July 13th. These packages are obtainable from the Games Office (NSC, Groves
Road, Douglas, Isle of Man). Written or email requests should be accompanied
by a passport size photograph (email address - clicking here).
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