Guernsey Athletics have published the first version of their selection criteria for the NatWest Island Games to be held in Gibraltar in July 2019.
The document details similar procedures to the 2017 edition but includes some changes including adjustments of some standards.
Athletics Development Officer Tom Druce explained that the document has been produced ahead of the usual timescales following difficulties with the selection process for Gotland 2017: “For Gotland, for reasons beyond our control we had to make a late deviation from our planned May selection – so in case this cannot be remedied with the help of GIGA [Guernsey Island Games Association] for 2019 we are giving the athletes as much notice as possible of the standards and criteria.
“The athletes must be aware that there is a possibility they may have to set their qualifying performances this coming year. It is not the situation I want as development officer – in an ideal world we wouldn’t be asking athletes to qualify a year out. But we and the athletes need to work within the parameters given.”
Druce however was very positive about the concept of publishing standards for the athletes to aim towards.
“I know from my own experience that selection documents are hugely motivating when put together correctly. I hope that this document does prove to be the carrot that many of our young and experienced athletes need to motivate them in the months ahead.”
The majority of information regarding the Games will be sent directly to athletes on the longlist for selection. The longlist will be drawn up in the coming weeks and potential Island Games athletes who did not qualify for Gotland 2017 should contact Tom Druce to advise that they believe they should be included on the 2019 longlist.