Ynys Môn scooped two golds and a silver on the penultimate day of action at the 2019 NatWest International Island Games in Gibraltar.
Having landed just two bronze over the opening four days, today saw Anglesey’s medal count sky-rocketed with golds for sailing’s Dominic Breen-Turner and swimmer Eve Goddard-Smith, plus a silver for steeplechaser Ffion Jones.
Finishing second and first in Races Eight and Nine, Breen-Turner continued a streak of five straight placings in the top two positions to cement his status as gold medal winner in the Laser Standard Rig Sailing competition, topping Guernsey’s Andrew Bridgman and Saaremma’s Peeter Kaju in the standings.
It is the first individual gold medal for Breen-Turner, who is no stranger to standing on the podium at the International Island Games after winning a number of golds in team sailing events previously and also silvers in the individual disciplines.
His Games are now over with the conclusion of all the sailing competitions on Day Five, but what a way to round off an incredible week for the 29-year-old.
Over in the Swimming, Goddard-Smith found her best form at the perfect time, powering her way to a gold medal with a personal best time of 2:23.19 in the 200m Butterfly event, finishing well clear of the chasing pack.
Jac Jones-Hughes and Daniel Bennett were the only other two swimmers competing for Ynys Môn on the final day of competitions, and unfortunately neither was able to progress to a final, but they and all the squad should be very proud of their efforts over the past four days.
In the Athletics, it was a fantastic performance from Ffion Jones to secure the first silver medal for Ynys Môn of the Games as she put in a huge effort to finish second in the 3,000m Steeplechase late in the day at Lathbury.
Lucy Lawrence also did fantastically well with her fourth-placed finish in the event.
Amelia Hucks also stood out in the 400m Hurdles Final, as she secured a fifth-placed finish. Competing in the discipline for the first time ever, Hucks started well and looked more and more composed as the race went on before eventually sealing a very creditable finish after a seriously strong performance.
In the 100m Men’s event, it was a Môn record for Zach Price as his time of 11.03s – identical times set in both the semi-final and final – was enough to top Gareth Ellis’ 24-year record in the discipline, which was coincidentally also set in Gibraltar back in 1995.
Two hundredths of a second prevented Price from being named Ynys Môn’s fourth medallist of the day as he was so, so close to finishing third in the final.
Cameron Jones couldn’t quite progress from the 100m semi-finals to join Price in the finals, but in what is only his first year of athletics training, Jones should too be hugely proud of the results he has achieved in his debut year in the sport.
Ffion Roberts battled her way into the final of the Women’s 200m with an impressive time in her semi, but couldn’t quite bag a second medal of the Games for her in the final in a very strong field – she will have another chance at a medal tomorrow in the 4x400m relay.
Mixed Doubles day in the Badminton was another great experience for the Anglesey teams to compete against pairings of the highest quality and despite not managing to overcome any of their opponents, matches were decided on the finest of margins which is very encouraging for this team that is still very much growing and developing.
The Cycling events concluded today with the Road Race and the Ynys Môn team battled hard in very windy conditions to compete well in the event under the guidance team manager Jasmine Sharp.
The Shooting has been a very beneficial experience for Môn, who have competed superbly across the Games so far against Olympic and Commonwealth standard athletes in their sport, and this experience will only help them develop even more for the future.
Before the Masters event gets underway tomorrow to close the Ten-Pin Bowling competition out for this year’s Games, all of the athletes got together today for a quick photograph to celebrate a fantastic week of non-stop competition.
Ynys Môn’s Ten-Pin Bowling team deserve massive credit for the way they have competed and developed in setting new personal bests against a very tough field of entrants who compete at the very highest level on a regular basis.
Many positives can and should be taken back to home by the team as they look forward to representing Môn again at Guernsey in 2021.
And finally in the tennis competition, David Parry advanced to the semi-finals of the Junior Plate after moving through his round of 16 fixture by virtue of a walkover before overcoming Isle of Wight’s Regan Matthews 6-3, 6-4 in the quarter finals. A semi-final and possible final awaits Parry tomorrow after Sion Myers was knocked out of the Senior Plate.
For a full list of results and times, head over to http://www.gibraltar2019results.com, where you can find records, schedules, fact-files and all sorts of information about the various events and get all the latest official results as they come in.