The IV Commonwealth Youth Games in Isle of Man play an important role in the development of the next generation of Canadian athletes and coaches. With 69 Commonwealth nations and territories participating, these Games represent a unique opportunity for national team athletes between the ages of 14 and 18 to test themselves against world-class competition. For many, this will be their first experience in an international multi-sport environment.
With a land mass one-tenth the size of Prince Edward Island and a population of just over 80,000 people, Isle of Man is one of the smallest nations in the Commonwealth. Along with its topnotch athletic venues, Games participants will experience Isle of Man’s stunning beauty, fascinating culture and its deep-rooted passion for sport. Set in the middle of the Irish Sea, the land is rife with tales of fairies and ancient Celtic magic, but also plays host to one of the most famous motorcycle races in the world, the TT. Among the Isle of Man’s best known inhabitants are the tail-less Manx cats who’ve lived on the island for centuries.
Over the three days of competition from September 9th through the 11th, Canadian athletes will take on world-class competition in six sports: Athletics, Badminton, Boxing, Cycling, Men’s Gymnastics and Rugby 7’s. Many will eventually go on to compete in the senior levels of their sport, so the Isle of Man Games are a terrific opportunity to witness the next generation of Canadian athletes and coaches in action.
These Games are particularly important for the Canadian Rugby 7’s squad since the sport was recently added to the programme for the 2016 Olympic Summer Games in Brazil.