Island Games 2015: Organisers 'confident' Jersey is ready

2013 Island Games opening ceremony
The 2013 Island Games opening ceremony in Bermuda

Organisers in Jersey are 'confident' that everything is in place to host next month's Island Games.

The week-long event, which will have begins on 27 June.

Phil Austin, a member of the organising committee, told BBC Radio Jersey: "There's an air of confidence about it.

"We feel as though we're pretty ready. All the major arrangements are in place such as the travel, accommodation and the opening and closing ceremonies."

Athletes from 24 islands from around the world will compete in 16 sports at the biennial event , with Jersey last hosting the games in 1997.

Selected 2015 Island Games events
Sunday 28 June: 0830 Athletics: Half marathon 0900 Cycling: Women's time trial 1115 Cycling: Men's time trial 1300 Men's Football: Jersey v Alderney 1600 Triathlon (men and women) 1700 Women's Football: Jersey v Greenland
Monday 29 June: 1100 Cycling: Women's mountain bike cross-country 1330 Tennis: Men's and women's team finals 1415 Cycling: Men's mountain bike cross-country 1800 Men's football: Jersey v Western Isles 1830 Athletics: Men's 400m final 1850 Athletics: Women's 100m final 1900 Badminton: Team medal matches
Tuesday 30 June: 0930 Cycling: Men's road race 1300 Men's football: Guernsey v Gibraltar 1500 Table tennis: Team final 1730 Cycling: Women's road race 1800 Men's football: Jersey v Isle of Man 2000 Athletics: Women's 400m final
Wednesday 1 July: 1300 Women's football Guernsey v Ynys Mon 1730 Cycling: Women's mountain bike criterium 1800 Women's Football Jersey v Hitra 1900 Cycling: Men's mountain bike criterium
Thursday 2 July: 1300 Cycling: Women's town criterium 1300 Women's football: Semi-finals 1400 Men's football: Semi-final 1 1800 Men's football: Semi-final 2 1830 Cycling: Men's town criterium 1850 Athletics: Men's 400m final 1930 Athletics: Men's 100m final 1950 Athletics: Women's 200m final
Friday 3 July: 0900 Tennis: Singles and doubles finals 0900 Badminton: Singles and doubles finals 1030 Women's football: Final 1100 Athletics: Relay finals 1400 Men's football: Final 1400 Table Tennis: Singles and doubles finals

Austin says Jersey residents can help "create an atmosphere that'll be unrivalled" by supporting local athletes and teams.

"We know there is great interest, the mood is really hotting up. I hope and expect and anticipate that the Jersey public will respond very positively," he added.

"It's been a long time in the making and with 30-odd days to go we're quite keen to get on with it."

Austin admits organisers will anxiously follow weather forecasts in the coming weeks as it has the potential to cause major traffic disruptions for competing nations trying to reach the island.

Jersey is dependent on air and sea links, but fog, or that has begun serving the island this year, could throw a spanner in the works.

"The margin for error on the travel is very small," Austin said. "The opening ceremony starts at 1900 and Gotland are the last to arrive here at 1730 on that Saturday afternoon.

"If there's fog or delays on any flights it'll set us back. All my concerns are around travel, so obviously we hope for good weather."

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