Our Sporting Life, an exhibition to celebrate Manx sport and sporting achievement, has officially opened.
The showcase, housed in the Manx Museum, was opened with words from Geoff Karran, chairman of the organising committee of the Commonwealth Youth Games, which gets under way this week.
The evening was also attended by Lieutenant Governor Mr Adam Wood and special guests from the island’s sporting community.
The exhibition is the Manx leg of a wider Our Sporting Life project in Britain, which aims to salute sport from grass roots to Olympic level, and will culminate in a huge exhibition on the history of sport as the Olympic and Paralympic Games are launched in London in 2012.
Highlights include Mark Cavendish’s Tour de France stage winning road bike from 2008, together with his Commonwealth Gold medal; David Knight’s World Championship winning motorcycle; Zoe Gillings’ Olympic snowboard outfit; swimming and cycling legend Ian Sharpe’s Paralympic medals; and the Isle of Man Football Associations’ Hospital and Railway Cups. Cavendish has also loaned the green jersey awarded to him at this year’s Tour de France – the first to be won by a British rider.
On September 24 the first of a series events at the exhibition is an audience with Ian Sharpe.
The exhibition opened to the public on Saturday and will run throughout 2012, leading up to the London Olympic Games.