Jersey’s Jeux des Iles team could double in size

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An Island party of over 35 travelled to Sicily for these youth island games in May, but that amount may double when a team travels to the French island next year.

Athletes, swimmers, sailors and gymnasts as well as tennis and table tennis players will again have the opportunity to compete.

But golfers, fencers and rugby players have now also been invited to take part, although their entry it is not a foregone conclusion.

A decision will be made after a meeting in Corsica on 3 November.

The Jeux des Iles has been running for ten years and has 24 members, including French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Greek, Croatian, English and Danish islands.

Tennis coach Hugh Raymond, who led the entire Jersey team this year, said: ‘The range of age groups for different sports has not yet been decided.

If rugby is for under-16s it is unlikely a Jersey team will travel because the games will probably clash with GCSE exams.

The three new sports have been accepted in principle, but only if the age ranges fit in with the programme.’ Jersey returned from Sicily with three medals – a gold, silver and bronze – and a team award for fair play.

Jamie Stevenson won gold in the shot and silver in the discus, while David Felton secured bronze in the discus.

But the two track and field athletes will be too old to compete next year.

Jersey first joined the games in Gran Canaria three years ago.

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