The Isle of Man swimming team for this year’s NatWest Island Games in Gotland has been announced.
The 10-strong squad comprises of several first-time competitors combined with some highly-experienced athletes. Competing in their fourth Games will be 20-year-olds Laura Kinley and Steph Brew who will be hoping to add to their previous medal hauls.
Breaststroke specialist Guy Davies will compete in his third Games while Alex Bregazzi, Brody Hewson plus Emma Hodgson and Kazia Whittaker will look to build upon their first Island Games in Jersey two years ago.
The newcomers are 18-year-old Joel Watterson, Euan MacMurchie aged 16 and the youngest member of the team, Olivia Marshall at the tender age of 14, who make up this young team of swimmers.
Laura, Alex and Guy all represented the Isle of Man at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014 and train and study at Loughborough (Laura and Alex) and Bath (Guy) universities respectively.
The team will be accompanied by head coach Lee Holland, who commented: ’We are extremely proud of Isle of Man Swimming’s reputation at the Games and even more so that we can provide opportunities for our athletes at a number of levels.
’From four-time Games veterans aiming again for podium and records, to rookies gaining a vital trial run for their first Commonwealth Youth Games less than a month after, the sport is at an all-time high and we look forward to supporting another host island in putting on a great experience for all involved.’