Mixed triathlon relay for 2021 Island Games?
OFFICIALS in charge of triathlon for the Guernsey 2021 NatWest Island Games are determined to create their own slice of history.
Guernsey has quietly held the intention of hosting the Games’ first-ever mixed triathlon relay and the island’s triathlon club president is keen to ‘make it happen’.
The relay event – sweeping the sport at elite level and now included at the Olympics – has lingered in Island Games by-laws for several years but previous hosts have opted against adding it to their programmes.
The Sarnians look set to be the first to take the initiative on that front and Jerseyman Ollie Turner, who claimed individual bronze and men’s team gold at Gibraltar 2019, is fully supportive.
‘I’d love it, I think it’s a brilliant idea,’ he said.
‘I raced in a relay at the British Championships last week and it’s exciting to watch. You’re racing for your team-mates, not yourself, so the pressure is on. It’s probably the hardest I’ve raced this season because you’re trying to put your team-mate in the best position.
‘Jersey has taken men’s team gold at the last couple of Island Games [individual scores combined], but if you make it a mixed team relay it’ll be more exciting for everyone.
‘All the other teams will be putting in good teams and it’s another chance for everyone to win a medal.’
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