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Launch of Isle of Man Institute of Sport 3 October 2006

Local sportsmen and women who dream of success on the international stage have been given a significant boost by the launch of the Isle of Man’s own Institute of Sport. The first part of the establishment of an Institute of Sport was launched at the Villa Marina on Wednesday by Tourism and Leisure Minister David Cretney MHK.

The Isle of Man Institute of Sport has been established by the Manx Sports Aid Foundation and aims to be a ‘One-Stop Shop’ to support high performing athletes and their coaches in a number of specialist fields. Services provided include physiotherapy, medical support, strength and conditioning training and lifestyle advice.

The Institute will initially help those competitors already supported by Manx Sports Aid Foundation although this may be extended in the future. At present this includes the leading competitors in a range of sports including cycling, swimming, athletics, badminton, shooting, triathlon and motor cycling. The provision of services is overseen by Performance Co-ordinator, Chris Quine.

Chairman of Manx Sport Aid and Deputy Chairman of Isle of Man Sport Council, Brian Shooter said:

‘We have been working towards the development of our own institute for about three years. At the moment our Institute only utilises existing facilities. However, our long term goal is to develop our own purpose built facility.’

Tourism and Leisure Minister Hon David Cretney MHK commented:

‘If we want more success on the international sporting stage it is essential that our best sportsmen and women have support to help them achieve their goals. I am delighted to endorse this exciting initiative which I am sure will help to put the Isle of Man firmly on the sporting map.’

Manx Sports Aid Foundation is a Registered Charity and sub committee of Isle of Man Sports Council. For more information see www.sportsaid.im

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