- Tuesday 28 June 2016
World cycling legend Mark Cavendish is likely to be among an impressive list of athletes from the Isle of Man who will base themselves on the Sunshine Coast to fine tune preparations for the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
A team of 32 athletes plus officials from the Celtic Nation will base themselves at Novotel Twin Waters Resort, on the Sunshine Coast, for the final week before the Games begin on the Gold Coast on March 25.
Secretary General of the Isle of Man Commonwealth Games Association Tonia Lushington said the Sunshine Coast ticked all the boxes as a pre-games destination.
“Sunshine Coast Council has been very supportive by sourcing a wonderful selection of training facilities, local transportation support and accommodation options,” she said.
“The Sunshine Coast is an ideal location for the Manx team to make their final preparations for the Games in 2018.”
The Isle of Man team for the 2018 Commonwealth Games will consist of athletes in badminton, athletics, cycling, gymnastics, lawn bowls, shooting and triathlon.
Tourism, Sport and Major Events Portfolio Councillor Jason OPray said the Sunshine Coast community would welcome Isle of Man athletes and officials with open arms.
“This is a tremendous honour for the Sunshine Coast because sporting associations from overseas put a lot of time and resources into choosing the best possible pre-games location for their athletes so for our region to get the nod is a fantastic show of faith,” Cr OPray said.
“On behalf of everyone in our community I’d like to warmly welcome the Isle of Man athletes and officals to the Sunshine Coast in 2018. We’re very much looking forward to having you stay with us and I’m sure you’ll have everything you need right here to ensure you head to the Gold Coast ready to go for Gold!”
Novotel Twin Waters Resort General Manager Warwick Kahl said catering for the needs of some of the world’s best athletes was an exciting prospect.
“We’ll be providing athletes from the Isle of Man with everything they need to be mentally and physically ready for the Commonwealth Games and we’ll be looking to create a Games village feel for the athletes during their stay with us,” Mr Kahl said.
Fast Facts about the Isle of Man:
- The island nation has a population of 85,000 and is a self governing British Crown dependency with its own currency, airspace and time zone. It sits in the Irish Sea between England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Its government is the oldest continuous government in the world.
- English is the official language of the island but the language Manx derived from ancient Gaeilic and has been synonymous with the island for centuries.
- Religion is predominantly Anglican, Roman Catholic, Methodist, Baptist and Presbyterian.
- On the Isle of Man there is a breeding colony of up to 100 wild wallabies which began after a pair escaped from a local wildlife park.
- The Isle of Man is home to the Manx cat which is a tailless cat in demand all over the world by breeders. It is also the national symbol for the island nation.
Isle of Man at the Commonwealth Games:
- The Isle of Man has competed 15 times in the Commonwealth Games, from 1958.
- The island nation has won three Commonwealth Games Gold Medals. World Champion Sprint cyclist Mark Cavendish was the most recent Gold Medal winner at the Melbourne Games in 2006.
- Peter Kennaugh won the Isle of Man’s only medal at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games in Track Cycling.