Lawn Bowls and Triathlon are the two latest sports to benefit from Generali Worldwide's support of the Guernsey Island Games Association. Both sports have been awarded money from the firm's bursary scheme.
Guernsey’s triathlon team will be heading to Gibraltar in 2019, and is the first sport to have selected its athletes. The team is planning to use the bursary to bring over a specialist triathlon swimming coach to lead special training sessions. Coach Sean Murphy says “The team is very grateful to have received this funding to help us prepare for the Gibraltar games. Having the opportunity to bring specialist coaches in the sport over from the UK is amazing, and something the team may not have benefitted from otherwise.”
The Guernsey lawn bowls team unfortunately misses out on the games next year, as Gibraltar doesn't have the appropriate facilities. The good news is the team will be competing in and hosting the European Lawn Bowls Championship after winning the bid last year. Garry Collins, the Bowls Guernsey Events Coordinator, says: “I am so grateful to Generali Worldwide for their support and being both the Events Coordinator for Bowls Guernsey and the elected World Bowls Regional Director for Europe; it’s fantastic to be able to host this major international event locally, it will be the biggest European Championships held to date.”
To date, 18 individual sports have used the bursary scheme since Generali Worldwide’s sponsorship of the Guernsey Island Games team started in 2011. The firm has committed to sponsoring the association until 2021 when Guernsey will host the XIX Natwest Island Games.
Giorgio Daboni is the Chief Executive Officer of Generali Worldwide in Guernsey and says: “It's always a pleasure to see the bursaries being used to help sports thrive in Guernsey and support the island’s elite and upcoming sportsmen and women. “We are delighted to see how our sponsorship can promote the sport, even when the team cannot compete in the Island Games. The European Championship will showcase lawn bowls, give our team the chance to compete and encourage more people to get involved. That is very much in the spirit of our sponsorship and Generali’s values.”
The Chairman of the Guernsey Island Games Association, Brian Allen is delighted with the continuing support said a "massive 'thank you' to Generali Worldwide as their sponsorship not only assists in getting the team to the Games, it also helps nurture and develop the local sports."