Guernsey Athletics are pleased to announce the management team to lead the Guernsey Athletics Team at the Island Games next year in Gotland.
The team will again be led by Athletics Development Officer Tom Druce – who will be supported by Nick Marley as Assistant Manager. As in Jersey last year, Dale Garland will be the third member of management in the post of Technical Manager.
The three men successfully oversaw an encouraging showing last time out from a young squad of athletes, and will be looking to improve on this next year as many of the athletes will go into the Games with much more experience. There will of course be another raft of debutants – many of them already work directly with one of the three managers.
As well as already having one Island Games management campaign under their belts, the three men bring a wealth of athletics experience. Dale attended the 2008 Beijing Olympics as a part of the Great Britain 4x400m relay team and has experienced numerous international championships as an athlete. Tom too has attended two Commonwealth Games and various high class meets around Europe as an athlete. Both are now forging coaching careers locally and Dale has already experienced numerous national age-group successes with his athletes. Nick was rewarded for his services to athletics with the prestigious Bedell Volunteer Recognition Award last year – testament to the amount of his time and effort that he invests in the sport. He stepped up to the mark when called on as Assistant Manager last summer and that experience is bound to serve him well in 2017.
Tom said of the prospect of managing his second Island Games squad: “The 2017 Island Games is an exciting prospect for us as a sport – we had a young squad last year and all of the teenagers stepped up and had a very successful time. Next year, they will all go into the Games in a great position due to their experience last time. And of course we have some very strong teens who were too young for Jersey who’ll be debuting this time – and we are very confident they will have similar successes.
“Managing the team with Nick and Dale means we have three people with different experiences, skills and knowledge – and I believe it is the best management team we can provide to our athletes. We also expect to have Lee Merrien on the team as an athlete and we will certainly be liaising with him during the Games week as someone who is very experienced and expert in the needs of endurance athletes.”