Today we are naming a 35-strong team for the Island Games next month. There is a great blend of youth and experience in the team which should ensure a great Games for all team members. There are 14 debutants in all across the squad including several teenagers. Conversely, we have very strong experience in the team and medal chances aplenty!


The men’s sprints are headed up by our new GB Junior athlete Cameron Chalmers. Cameron has openly said that having smashed the Island junior record at Footes Lane recently – he is aiming at the gold medal in Jersey. Josh Allaway goes to his third Games looking to step up onto the medal rostrum following solid showings in the past and progress last season. The other Chalmers sibling – Ala – is also included in the 100m alongside Josh. Former English Schools Champion and reigning Island Games Champ Sam Wallbridge is our only male hurdler.


On the track there is solidity across the board. Mike Batiste opened his season with a 1:57 clocking over 800m and at the opposite end of the spectrum, Mike Wilesmith has been in great early form on the road this year in preparation for his 10k-“half” double. He will of course join gold medal shout Lee Merrien in the latter.


James Bougourd is the surprise of the summer with his immediate impact in the javelin. The former footballer looks to have bags of potential. On the comeback trail is Jonathan Guille who will contest both horizontal jumps.


Both relay squads will be harbouring medal hopes, and will be looking to get the baton around without disaster striking as it did in both races two years ago!



Kylie Robilliard is excited to be back in the Island Games after a four year wait, and is sure to be aiming for a 100-100hurdles double win. Indi Gallagher has crept up on the rails quietly in the last few months to book her spot in the 400m for what promises to be an exciting week for her.


Almost an embarrassment of riches from 800 through to “half” for us – from Nat to Sarah to Louise we seem to have all bases covered. It will also be interesting for the newbies to be alongside the three experienced athletes and hopefully push on have an impact on the field – not to mention the ever-green Nikki Neal still going great guns!


Good strength in depth in the javelin isn’t something the club is known for but to be able to have Zoe and Ali lining up in Jersey is great for us. Young jumpers Becca Toll and Sarah Waters will also be happy with their progress to book their slots.


The women’s sprint relay is all about youth. The four girls have been selected not only on ability but on attitude and focus as well. They are sure to be in and around our future relay teams for many years. Our 4×400 girls could spring a surprise if they can run close to that four minute barrier – which on individual times looks possible (even if two of them have just run an 800m that morning!).

Guernsey Athletics Island Games Squad 2015
100 Josh Allaway Ala Chalmers
200 Hywel Robinson James Sermon
400 Cameron Chalmers
800 Michael Batiste Matt Loveridge
1500 Will Bodkin Michael Batiste
5000 Will Bodkin Jason James
10000 Mike Wilesmith David Emery
400HHurdles Sam Wallbridge
3000Steeplechase Ed Mason Lee Garland
Half Marathon Lee Merrien Mike Wilesmith David Emery
Long jump Jonathan Guille
Triple jump Jonathan Guille
Javelin James Bougourd Michael Mann
4×100 Dale Garland, Sam Wallbridge, Ala Chalmers,
Josh Allaway, Hywel Robinson, James Sermon
4×400 Sam Wallbridge, Hywel Robinson, Cameron Chalmers,
Josh Allaway, Dale Garland, Matt Loveridge, Michael Batiste
100 Kylie Robilliard
400 Eleanor Gallagher
800 Nat Whitty Katie Rowe
1500 Sarah Mercier Nat Whitty
5000 Sarah Mercier Nikki Neal
10000 Louise Perrio Rebecca Le Maitre
100Hurdles Kylie Robilliard
Half marathon Louise Perrio Rebecca Le Maitre Chantal Green
Long jump Sarah Waters
High jump Rebecca Toll
Javelin Zoe Fitch Ali Higgins
4×100 Hannah Barrett, Vicky Mann, Eleanor Gallagher, Sara Marley
4×400 Eleanor Gallagher, Nat Whitty, Rebecca Toll, Katie Rowe, Sarah Mercier
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