Isle of Man names strong team for GC20183 Jan 2018 by Hope Kerslake
With the announcement of Team Isle of Man, GC2018.com takes a look at the home of these athletes and why the Isle of Man could be your adopted country to support come Games-time.
Located in the Irish Seas, between Great Britain and Ireland, the Isle of Man is a British Crown Dependency, meaning they’re not part of the United Kingdom or European Union, with the island having its own government and parliament.
A population of over 84,000, they are known as the Manx people and even though English is now their first language the Manx language, which is closely related to the Gaelic, remained the everyday dialect until the 19th century.
Inhabited since the Middle Stone Age, the island’s earliest inhabitants were the Celts, which is where their language and identity come from, but has been under Norse (Viking), Scottish and English control for much of the past thousand years.
After the sovereignty of the isle was sold to the British crown in 1765, the island never became part of the United Kingdom, retaining its status as an internally self-governing Crown Dependency.
The island is peppered with stone churches, castles, forts with the principal towns being Douglas, the capital; Peel; Castletown; and Ramsey.
“The breathtaking Isle of Man is brimming with stunning natural beauty, an abundance of wildlife, wonderful artisans and a wealth of fascinating history.”— Visit Isle of Man (@visitisleofman) November 30, 2017
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Quick facts about the island
More than 100 films and TV dramas have been made there since 1995, including 2005’s Lassie and well-known BBC TV series Top Gear.
The Isle of Man is about 30 miles (48km) long by 10 miles (16km) wide with an area of 221 square miles (572 square kms).
The domestic Manx cat, known for being tailless is believed to have originated on the island.
Several varieties of Manx cheese and Manx kippers are sought out by high profile chefs across the globe.
The official currency is the Manx pound (£) and the 5-pound note is the only known banknote to feature an image of a pub on a note.
The TT races, held annually in June, are world famous with motorcycling tourists allowed to experience legal high speed riding.
Who to watch out for at GC2018
Manx sportsmen and women will be represented in eight GC2018 sports - Athletics, Badminton, Cycling, Gymnastics, Lawn Bowls, Shooting, Swimming and Triathlon.
Cycling superstar Mark Cavendish will spearhead Isle of Man’s hunt for medals with a 32-strong Manx team aiming to add to the three gold, two silver and six bronze the country has won in the past.
Cavendish, 32, who is firmly established as one of the greats with 44 Grand Tour Stage wins under his belt, will be returning to the country where he claimed the island’s only gold medal; at the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games in the men's scratch event.
Reigning British under-23 national time-trial champion Anna Christian will be joining Cavendish as well as high-profiled cyclists Nick Corlett and Lizzie Holden.
Gold Coast here I comeeeee! Proud and looking forward to being apart of the Isle of Man 🇮🇲 team for the upcoming Commonwealth Games! pic.twitter.com/26yZJxMCNX— Anna Christian (@AnnaaChristian) January 2, 2018
Glasgow 2010 Commonwealth Games shooting bronze medallist Tim Kneale and swimmer Charlotte Atkinson, who won two British butterfly titles last year, have also been named in the Manx team.
Team Isle of Man includes:
Athletics: Joe Harris (Javelin) and Erika Kelly (20km Walk).
Badminton: Kim Clague (Singles and Women's Doubles), Ben Li (Singles and Mixed Doubles), Jessica Li (Singles and Mixed Doubles) and Cristen Marritt (Singles and Women's Doubles).
Cycling: Matthew Bostock (Track), Sam Brand (Road), Mark Cavendish (Road), Anna Christian (Road), Nick Corlett (Mountain Bike), Matthew Draper (Track), Nathan Draper (Road), Lizzie Holden (Road), Jake Kelly (Road), Leon Mazzone (Road) and Tom Mazzone (Road)
Gymnastics: Nicole Burns (Artistic)
Lawn Bowls: Clive McGreal (Singles and Pairs) and Mark McGreal (Pairs).
Shooting: Rachel Glover (Small bore rifle), Jake Keeling (Double Trap), Gemma Kermode (Small Bore Rifle), Tim Kneale (Double Trap), Neil Parsons (Olympic Trap) and David Walton (Olympic Trap).
Swimming: Charlotte Atkinson (Butterfly), Stephanie Brew (Breaststroke), Guy Davies (Breaststroke), Laura Kinley (Breaststroke) and Nathan Robinson (Breaststroke).
Triathlon: Jenny Newbery
The Isle of Man has competed in every Commonwealth Games since their first appearance at the Cardiff Games in 1958. At these Games Stuart Slack took home a cycling bronze in the men’s road race.
All up the island has won a total of 11 medals, three gold, two silver and six bronze.
Peter Buckley won the country its first gold in Kingston in 1966, then in 2006, in Melbourne, the cycling hero was Mark Cavendish who took gold in the Men's Scratch race.
More recently the Isle of Man came home with 2 bronze medals in cycling and shooting at the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games and Peter Kennaugh won silver for Cycling track at Glasgow 2010.