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Gibraltar Team heads for Melbourne

Commonwealth Games - Melbourne - Australia

Gibraltar’s athletes leave tomorrow for Melbourne to participate in the XIX Commonwealth Games.

We join readers in wishing the best of British luck!

This week both the Governer Sir Francis Richards and Fabian Vinet, Minister for Sport hosted receptions.

Mr Vinet addressed those present, explaining why Gibraltar’s attendance at the Games was important:

“On the one hand, there is the socio-political angle. As an integral part of the Commonwealth, it is right and proper that we participate at events coming under the Commonwealth umbrella.

On the strictly sporting side, we all know that attendance at international competitions such as the Island Games or the Commonwealth Games is vital for the continued improvement of standards.”

He explained this is something that Government fully recognised and supported, a reference to the grant awarded by Government to the Gibraltar Commonwealth Games Association to the value of 50% of expenses, as is the norm with international events.

Mr Vinet highlighted that although competition at the Games would be tough, he was certain the participants would make Gibraltar proud. Finally, he wished them a safe journey and the best of luck.

Despite attending 11 Games, Gibraltar have yet to claim any medals, although they have delivered strong performances in events including Athletics, Swimming, Shooting and Triathlon.

Top right; Twins Emma and Chloe Vaughn take a close look at the Queen's Baton as it passes through Gibraltar.
Bottom right: Runner James Zammitt and Heloise Manasco, (one of our medal hopefuls) with school children walk the Queen's Baton down Main Street as it is taken around Gibraltar.


Related Articles and Links:

Commonwealth Games

International Island Games Association - IGA


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