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Sponsorship secures event for Island Games hopefuls

Sponsorship secures event for Island Games hopefuls

Wednesday 19 April 2023

Sponsorship secures event for Island Games hopefuls

Wednesday 19 April 2023


Aztec Group has confirmed the continued sponsorship of a Track & Field series organised by Guernsey Athletics Club, which will be used as a training event for Island Games hopefuls.

The Aztec Track & Field Series will begin tomorrow, 20 April, offering an opportunity for Guernsey’s most promising athletes to achieve qualification marks needed for this summer's Games.

Gordon Purvis, Aztec Group Head of Guernsey, said the three year sponsorship deal will include staff volunteering their time as well as the £9,000 financial investment.

“We are proud to support Guernsey Athletics with this important milestone in Guernsey’s sporting calendar, ensuring that talented local athletes have access to the platform and support they need to prepare for the Island Games," he said.

"Guernsey Athletics’ commitment to inspiring people of all ages to be the best they can be resonated with our values and commitment to supporting the wellbeing and ambitions of our own people, as well as those in our wider community. The Island Games offers a really exciting opportunity for local athletes and the whole community in bringing Guernsey sport to the world stage. We look forward to supporting and cheering on the athletes throughout the series!" 

Thomas Brierley, who works as a Corporate Administrator at the Aztec Group, will be participating in the series as an athlete. He said that it provides a crucial stepping stone for anyone hoping to compete in the Guernsey squad, or simply hoping to improve their own performance.

Photos: Abi Galpin in long jump and Tom Brierley, an Aztec Group employee, throwing discus.   Photo credit: Peter Frankland [Please credit Peter Frankland if you use these images]

 

Pictured: Tom Brierley, an Aztec Group employee, throwing discus. Photo credit: Peter Frankland.

“Having the opportunity to train with other athletes in a competitive setting will prove invaluable for many of us who are hoping to qualify for the Island Games in July. I can’t wait to get started!" said Mr Brierly.

Guernsey Athletics Development Officer, Tom Druce, said the Aztec Track & Field Series will be pivotal in selecting Guernsey’s biggest ever squad for the Island Games.

“Having the opportunity to compete in events with this level of officiating and organisation will prove invaluable for those who are hoping to qualify for the Island Games in July. We’re grateful to Aztec for their support which has made this event possible, andcan’t wait to get started!” 

As well as expected appearances from Commonwealth Games stars Cameron Chalmers and Abi Galpin, the Aztec Track & Field Series offers athletes of all ages from 11 upwards the chance to compete in sprints, jumps, throws and running events.   

Youngsters are encouraged to try new events and strive for self-improvement through the initiative Compete Against Yourself (CAY), which rewards personal best performances across events. 

Pictured top: Abi Galpin in long jump. Photo credit: Peter Frankland.

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