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The island’s love affair with sport is an undisputed fact, and I am sure that many of our local sporting teams, clubs and individuals are hard at work training for the Island Games, which are due to take place in Gibraltar in July. Amongst our Guernsey representation at the Games will be some of the team which is busily preparing for our own event in 2021. Connect spoke to the newly appointed Games Director, Julia Bowditch, who is responsible for delivering the Guernsey Island Games in two years’ time. Julia is originally from Guernsey, but has spent a career travelling around the world working on some of the biggest global sporting events. Returning to Guernsey, she is now bringing her 19 years’ experience into play, leading the Guernsey Island Games organising committee. See more on page 26

And organising an event of that size relies heavily on transportation links to cater for the 3,500 visitors expected. With the island’s new ‘open skies’ policy now in place, changes in our skies are inevitable. Connect spoke with Mark Darby, CEO of Aurigny, about his reaction to the Heathrow link, Aurigny’s own future plans and strategy and why he is confident about the future. See what he had to say on page 4.

Congratulations to our chosen 2019 charity Bowel Cancer Guernsey for its incredible achievement in delivering state of the art screening equipment to the island. The team has worked incredibly hard in raising funds and working closely with the local medical profession to introduce this amazing new kit into the general testing provision process. The end result will undoubtedly save lives. Catch up on the story on page 38.

And don’t forget to whet your appetite with our Bite Back column - this time Harry checks out Red on page 32.

Enjoy Guernsey Connect.

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