Jersey’s initial squad for the 2018 Commonwealth Games has been announced, and includes 29 of the island’s leading sportsmen and women.
Sam Dawkins will be Jersey’s first track athlete at the Commonwealths since 1986, while thrower Zane Duquemin heads to his third consecutive Games.
Four badminton players will make the trip while six cyclists, including Kim Ashton who played badminton at the 2010 event, will also be in Gold Coast next April.
Six shooters in three disciplines have made the squad. Amongst them is Jersey Sport’s very own Nikki Holmes along with Barry Le Cheminant, who returns to the Brisbane range where he shot as a teenager three and a half decades ago.
At Glasgow 2014 the bowlers came closest to ending Jersey’s wait for a medal, and again the island is well represented with eight lawn bowlers. Three gymnasts have also had their selection rubber-stamped.
Jersey is allowed a squad of 33, so there are still up to four more spots remaining on the plane and the validation sub committee will meet again at the end of this year.
The competitors already on the list to head down under to proudly represent our island are: