Wightlink is proud to be supporting the Island’s most promising athletes to the tune of thousands of pounds worth of travel, helping power them to the prestigious Island Games between 27th June-3rd July.
This year’s top level competition is being held on Jersey and Wightlink is helping the Isle of Wight’s competitors to get there by providing them with complimentary travel across the Solent for over 200 passengers – almost £5,000 worth of travel.
This support is just one aspect of the company’s involvement in the Island’s sportsmen and women. Additionally, Wightlink is the only cross-Solent operator involved in the Talented Athlete Scheme, run by the Isle of Wight Council, which backs gifted athletes to reach their full potential. During 2015, 62 athletes who represent 19 different sports are being given the opportunity to benefit from the Talented Athlete scheme.
Alec Broome, Sports Development Officer at the Isle of Wight Council, said:
“Wightlink’s involvement is vital in the success of many athletes enrolled on the scheme, as to compete at the highest level they must travel off the Island weekly for competition and to train with coaches from across the UK.”
Among those to benefit is England Squad Member in Golf, Conor Richards, whose parents are in no doubt as to the value of the scheme. They commented:
“The sponsorship has been absolutely vital in another successful golfing year for Conor. The Wightlink travel sponsorship, One Card and bus travel are all invaluable – thank you!”
Mark Persad, Head of Marketing at Wightlink, said:
“We are really proud to support the Talented Athlete scheme, as well as those competing at the Island Games. We’re really looking forward to seeing them grow and develop every time they cross the Solent with us. Each crossing to the mainland represents another step forward in their journey and it’s a privilege to be part of their exciting futures! We’ll all be rooting for them as this year’s competitions, such as the Island Games, get underway.”