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Jet who? Jet(hou)!

Jet who? Jet(hou)!

Monday 20 March 2023

Jet who? Jet(hou)!

Monday 20 March 2023

The mascot for this year's Island Games has been inspired by, and named after, one of the smallest islands in the Bailiwick - which has just one family living there, along with a lot of brightly coloured birds.

Jet the Puffin was unveiled at La Houguette Primary, after a tour of all of the other primary schools in Guernsey.

While its name is short for Jethou, reflecting the Bailiwick home of many puffins, Jet also reflects how fast the birds can fly. 

Amanda Hibbs said there were several other reasons why a puffin was selected to be the mascot for the Guernsey Games this summer.

“We felt the puffin reflects the friendship and family values of the Games," she explained.


Pictured: Puffins are easily visible around Jethou, and Herm.

"Puffins pair for life and return to the same burrows every year to raise their young. The Island Games are known as the friendly Games, with many friendships forged over the years. After the postponement, it is four years since the Island Games family has been together, so the symbol of a Puffin is very apt."

The Communications and Events Director for the 2023 Games, Ms Hibbs, said that Jet will add to the friendly, fun, ethos of the week-long event.

"Our puffin Jet loves sport and parties, and will be very busy in the run-up to the Games and during the week itself. Jet might not make it onto a podium but is happy to give any sport a go.”

Jet's name was chosen by school pupils across the island, after sports representatives and sponsors were asked to come up with some suggestions. A shortlist of three was then presented during special interactive Island Games assemblies at all of the primary schools.

Jethou was said to be the "overwhelming" winner over Patois the Puffin and Pierre Le Puffin. 

Emma Beardsell, Games Deputy Director, said that Jet was the star attraction during each of the assemblies. 

“Jet showcases the spirit, heart, and spark of Guernsey 2023, and has received a very warm reception from the pupils," she said. "We’ve really enjoyed delivering these assemblies and they’ve had a powerful impact. The students are all so enthusiastic and excited about the Games, and they absolutely love the puffin.  

“We always end with telling them to go home and tell their friends and families about what a great event the Games will be.” 

At La Houguette Primary School on Monday - which is on the route of the triathlon and cycling road race - Jet was giving out hugs and high fives, but in July the mascot be helping out at different events including the opening and closing ceremonies and many of the sports competitions. 

Further projects and programmes are underway to ensure that every child and young person has the chance to feel part of the Games.


Pictured: The Puffin Parade this summer will further link the Island Games with the native birds.

The link between the Island Games and another upcoming event has also been made with the 'Puffin Parade' coinciding with the '23 Games.

It has been arranged by Autism Guernsey and the GSPCA and will see 62 decorated puffin sculptures placed around the island. 

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