Isle of Man Creamery is supporting a vital fundraising initiative to help the Island send the strongest possible team to the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. The company is now a Team Isle of Man Champion as part of an initiative organised by the Isle of Man Commonwealth Games Association (IOMCGA), the charity responsible for the publicity, fundraising, travel and support for our national team. The Association relies upon fundraising events and donations to fund Team Isle of Man’s participation at the Commonwealth Games and Commonwealth Youth Games. Isle of Man Creamery is a co-operative of family owned dairy farms whose farm-assured herds supply the purest, farm fresh milk. The company’s unique range of cheeses have won many national and international awards. Findlay Macleod, Managing Director of Isle of Man Creamery, said:
“Team Isle of Man reflects the community spirit and community values which we as a local company have always shared. 2014 will the Isle of Man Creamery’s 80th anniversary, so becoming a Team Isle of Man Champion as our athletes prepare for Glasgow 2014 is a perfect fit. In addition, there is now a growing amount of scientific research which shows that fresh milk is an ideal recovery drink for athletes needing to rehydrate and replenish energy stores after training or competition. All of these factors make us very proud to be a Team Isle of Man Champion and we wish the squad every success at Glasgow 2014 and beyond.”
There is one more connection between Isle of Man Creamery and the Island’s Commonwealth Games team. Milkman Steve Partington, who represented the Isle of Man in race walking events at five Commonwealth Games between 1986 and 2006, will be Team Isle of Man’s athletics manager at Glasgow 2014.
The Team Isle of Man Champions initiative is a vital part of preparations not just for Glasgow 2014, but also for the 2018 Games in Australia, and the Commonwealth Youth Games in Samoa in 2015, and St Lucia in 2017. Juliet Holt, President of IOMCGA, said:
“We’re delighted that Isle of Man Creamery is a Team Isle of Man Champion and thank them for their support which will help us to send the strongest possible team to Glasgow 2014. The Champions initiative is also a cornerstone of IOMCGA’s fundraising plans for the Commonwealth Youth Games which are important stepping stones for competitors with ambitions to compete at senior elite level.”
Isle of Man Creamery is one of 10 leading Island businesses which are supporting the Champions initiative. The other Champions are Auxesia, Creechurch Capital, Heron & Brearley, IOMA Fund and Investment Management Limited, Karsons Pharmacy, Manx Telecom, MM&C, Skanco and SMP Partners. As Team Isle of Man Champions businesses can, for example, use the official Champions logo on all marketing material, company vehicles and on their website. The Champions initiative will continue until next June.
The Isle of Man will be one of 71 nations competing in Glasgow between July 23 and August 3, 2014. Potential Team Isle of Man competitors (who have achieved consideration standards) apply for selection in April next year with the team for Glasgow 2014 being announced on May 8. The Queen’s Baton Relay, which will visit every nation and territory of the Commonwealth, arrives in the Isle of Man on May 16, 2014, from the Guernsey and Jersey legs of the relay. It will leave the Island on May 19 and continue on its journey with the next stop being Northern Ireland – then it’s on to Wales, England, and its final destination of Glasgow. Details of the exact route it will take in the Isle of Man have yet to be finalised.
For the latest news about Team Isle of Man go to www.cga.im which also allows donations to be made to the team.