4th July 2003

Guernsey hosted the Island Games 2003 closing ceremony

Guernsey hosted the 2003 Island Games at Footes Lane. The Games were opened on 28 June by Charles, Prince of Wales, after the athletes had paraded through Town. They came to an end on 4 July.

In all, 23 countries competed across 16 sports, with Guernsey topping the medals table. It took home (or should that be “retained”) 55 gold and 38 bronze medals – more than any other island. It won 35 silver medals, which was beaten by Jersey’s 43. In total, this gave Guernsey 128 medals, compared to second-place Jersey’s 115. It was the first time Guernsey had ever come first.

Sark won two silver medals, but Alderney went home empty-handed.

The event was sponsored by Nat West bank and the Games’ mascott was, appropriately enough, Daniel the Donkey (the Donkey being Guernsey’s national animal).

The Island Games

The Island Games take place every two years and welcome participants aged 13 and above. The first event took place in 1985 on the Isle of Man and hosted 700 participants. The 2003 Games, hosted by Guernsey, were competed by more than 3000 athletes.

Guernsey also hosted the second ever Island Games, in 1987. On that occasion, 18 different islands took part, with the States of Guernsey subsidising the event to the tune of £25,000, as well as making all States-owned sporting facilities available at no cost.

Nine sports were competed by just over 1000 participants and the event opened on Friday, 10 September. On that occasion, the Isle of Man topped the medals table, with 79 gongs. Jersey and Guernsey came second and third with 71 and 64 medals respectively. Again, Alderney went home empty-handed.

Guernsey was selected as the host of the 2021 Island Games, and it appointed Dame Mary Perkins, of Specsavers, as its organising committee chair.


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Other events that occured in July

Guernseyman Edward Tupper killed by cannibals 1st
Alderney is occupied by German forces 2nd
Seigneur of Sark, Michael Beaumont, dies aged 88 3rd
Guernsey hosted the Island Games 2003 closing ceremony 4th
New coins are minted for Guernsey 5th
Royal Guernsey Light Infantry Museum opens 6th
Victor Hugo statue is unveiled in Candie Gardens 7th
First Commando raid of the Second World War 8th
Birth of Sark-based writer Mervyn Peake 9th
Guernsey nurses go on hunger strike 10th
ITV broadcasts first episode of Island at War 11th
A Guernsey man posted himself to Sark 12th
Murderer Peter Robin sentenced to death 13th
Victor Hugo plants his United States of Europe oak 14th
Point Law runs aground off Alderney 15th
Racing yacht Westward is blown up off Guernsey
BBC made its first ever Channel Islands broadcast 16th
The Star received some “grave” news 17th
The Guernsey Martyrs were burned at the stake 18th
Prince Charles and Camilla visit Guernsey 19th
President Garcia is re-floated in Saints Bay 20th
Typhoid suspect holidaymaker flies home 21st
Guernsey Controlling Committee’s Sir John Leale died 22nd
Alderney to Guernsey radio connection established 23rd
Val des Terres was first opened for traffic 24th
The BBC broadcasts from Sark for the first time 25th
Guernsey court escapee was caught again 26th
Braye du Valle was gifted by the crown 27th
Murderer sentenced to death in three hours 28th
Guernsey bought Herm from the mainland 29th
Albert Lamy appointed Guernsey Police Chief Officer 30th
Guernsey to Jersey plane crashed into the sea 31st