Sport in Jersey

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In its own right Jersey participates in the Commonwealth Games and in the bi-annual Island Games, which it last hosted in 1997 and will next host in 2015.[1] Jersey is a founder member of the Island Games Association and has participated in every Games since the first in 1985. Jersey first competed in 1958 in the British Empire and Commonwealth Games and has since participated in every staging of what became the Commonwealth Games. Youth sports participation includes the Commonwealth Youth Games and Jeux des Isles.[2]

Fort Regent provides covered facilities for sport

In sporting events in which Jersey does not have international representation, when the British Home Nations are competing separately, islanders that do have high athletic skill may choose to compete for any of the Home Nations – there are, however, restrictions on subsequent transfers to represent another Home Nation.

Association football[edit]

The Jersey Football Association supervises football in Jersey. The Jersey Football Combination has nine teams in its top division. The 2006/07 champions were Jersey Scottish. Ross Crick was the top scorer. Until 2012, Crick was also the highest scoring C.O.D. player (Channel Islands Open Division). The Jersey national football team plays in the annual Muratti competition among others.

Graeme Le Saux was the first Jersey footballer to play for England.

Athletics[edit]

The Jersey Marathon has been an annual event since 2006.

Jersey hosts an annual around-the-island endurance walk, The Itex-Rotary Walk.[3] This walk goes anti-clockwise around the coast of Jersey for 48.1 miles and has for a number of years started and finished at the Harbour Terminal in St Helier. The walk starts at 3am and as an example of the difficulty in completing the walk in 2009 of the 1,308 starters only 779 finished.

The Jersey Spartan Athletics Club was founded in 1978.[4]

Jersey track athlete Colin Campbell represented Great Britain at the 1968 Mexico Olympics and 1972 Munich Olympics. He also competed in the bobsleigh discipline in the 1976 Winter Olympics in Innsbruck.[5]

Cricket[edit]

Jersey is an affiliate member of the International Cricket Council (ICC). The Jersey cricket team plays in the Inter-insular match among others. Cricket has seen extreme rapid growth in Jersey and is the most popular sport. It is so popular that there is massive crowd support for every match.[6] The main cricket ground is the Grainville Cricket Ground at Saint Saviour and has hosted international cricket competitions, including hosting Women's One Day Internationals for England Women.[7][8]

Cycling[edit]

The Jersey Town Criterium in Saint Helier in 2011

Velo Sport Jersey Cycling Club[9] and Caesarean Cycling Club[10] organise cycle sport events. The Jersey Cycling Association Youth Academy[11] promotes youth participation. Equipe Flamme Rouge[12] concentrates on coaching, mentoring and European Sportive events.

The Rubis International Criterium and Road Race Weekend was formed in 2009 by Velo Sport Jersey Cycling Club. Jersey hosted time trials of the Tour de Bretagne in 2007,[13] and a full leg in 2010.[14]

Golf[edit]

There are a number of golf courses, including La Moye Golf Club.

Two golfers from Jersey have won The Open Championship seven times between them, Harry Vardon winning six times and Ted Ray winning once. Harry and Ted also won the U.S. Open one time each and Harry's brother Tom Vardon had some smaller wins on European Tours. Tommy Horton is a long-term Jersey resident.

Gymnastics[edit]

There are four gymnastics clubs in Jersey. Jersey Gymnastics Club, Regent Gymnastics Club, De Monde Gymnastics Academy and Jersey Special Gymnastics Club. Jersey Gymnastics Club[15] is the largest, and has a training facility in St. John. Gymnasts regularly compete in the island Games.

Horse racing[edit]

For horse racing, Les Landes Race Course can be found at Les Landes in St Ouen next to the ruins of Grosnez Castle.

Motorsports[edit]

Jersey also has a small selection of motorsports available. The most well-known of these is hill climbs at Bouley Bay, which hosts both national and international hill climbs. There are a few events which take place on the beach at St Ouen. One of these is sand racing and this takes place throughout the year. Finally there is also a go kart track at the Living Legend, which features electric go karts with speeds of up to 35 mph.

Several former motor racing drivers live in the island. 1992 Formula 1 world champion Nigel Mansell and ex F1 driver Derek Warwick both live there. Warwick is the owner of Honda garages in Jersey, which are named Derek Warwick Honda.

There is also one locally born racing driver: James Walker. Walker took part in British F3 from 2004–2006 and raced for Fortec Motorsport in the Renault World Series in 2007–2008, He then switched to P1 Motorsport for 2009. He has also raced in Superleague Formula and the Daytona 24 hours. In May 2010, he tested for the Triple 8 Vauxhall team at Rockingham Motor Speedway.

Pétanque[edit]

Pétanque in Saint Helier in 2011

There are a number of pétanque pitches around the island, including in central Saint Helier. The Jersey Petanque Association is the governing body.[16]

Rugby union[edit]

There are several rugby union clubs in the island including a rugby academy for under 18s and Les Quennevais Rugby Club. The island's main side, Jersey R.F.C., enjoyed a meteoric rise through the English pyramid beginning in 2005 and culminating in promotion to England's second level, the RFU Championship, for 2012–13. The team survived a relegation scare its first season in the Championship, in the end finishing in the final safe spot of 11th.

Shooting[edit]

Colin Mallett won Jersey's sole Commonwealth Games gold medal in Auckland in 1990 for men's fullbore rifle.

Swimming[edit]

The Havre des Pas bathing pool was opened in 1895 and refurbished in 2001

Jersey has two public indoor swimming pools; a third is used by schools, clubs and associations. Swimming in the sea, surfing, windsurfing and other marine sports are practised. Jersey Swimming Club have organised an annual swim from Elizabeth Castle to Saint Helier Harbour for over 50 years. A round-island swim is a major challenge which a select number of swimmers have achieved.

Simon Militis has represented Great Britain at the 2000 Sydney Olympics and England at the 2002 Commonwealth Games.

Other sports[edit]

A plaque at Gorey commemorates Denize Le Pennec's round-island swim on 23 September 1969

There are few facilities for extreme sports and youth sports such as skateboarding, BMX, and inline skating. Coastal cliffs provide opportunities for rock climbing.

The Royal Channel Island Yacht Club is based in Jersey.

Champion Tenpin Bowler siblings Robbie Rive & Kris Marie Rive were selected to represent Jersey in the 2013 QubicaAMF World Cup in Krasnoyarsk, Russia.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Island Games Jersey 2015 Bid | Home". Jersey2015.com. Retrieved 2013-08-21. 
  2. ^ http://www.jersey2015.com/media/PDFs/Jersey%20Island%20Games%202015%20Bid%20Brochure.pdf
  3. ^ Itex-Rotary Walk official website
  4. ^ http://jerseyspartans.org/pdfs/history_jersey_spartans.pdf
  5. ^ "Education - Victoria College 150 years". This is Jersey. 2002-09-24. Retrieved 2013-08-21. 
  6. ^ Guernsey win inaugural Twenty20 inter-insular, by David Piesing, 30 September 2007, Cricket Guernsey
  7. ^ "Ground profile: Grainville, St Saviour". CricketArchive. Retrieved 18 October 2011. 
  8. ^ "WCL Venues: Grainville". www.bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 18 October 2011. 
  9. ^ "Welcome to Velo Sport Jersey". Vsj.je. Retrieved 2013-08-21. 
  10. ^ "Caesarean Cycling Club, Jersey, Channel Islands. www.ccc.je". Ccc.je. 2010-04-23. Retrieved 2013-08-21. 
  11. ^ "Jersey Cycling Association Youth Academy". Jcaya.org. Retrieved 2013-08-21. 
  12. ^ "EFR ~ Cycle Coaching". Flammerouge.je. Retrieved 2013-08-21. 
  13. ^ "Jersey - Sport - Tour de Bretagne in Jersey". BBC. Retrieved 2013-08-21. 
  14. ^ "French cyclists to invade Jersey". BBC News. 2 February 2010. 
  15. ^ Ben Frith (2013-08-08). "Home - Jersey Gymnasitics Club". Jerseygymnasticsclub.co.uk. Retrieved 2013-08-21. 
  16. ^ Jersey Petanque Association

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