Jersey's Simon Le Couilliard to make Island Games comeback

Simon Le Couilliard wins gold

Jersey swimmer Simon Le Couilliard is to return to the Island Games six years after last competing at the event.

Le Couillard, who is based in Perth in Australia, has won 17 Island Games gold medals and

Also returning to the squad is Ian Black, who last raced at the Games in 2009, and Matthew Brehaut, returning after a 20-year absence.

A total of 16 swimmers will represent Jersey in July's games in Bermuda.

The men's team has the oldest average age of any sent by the island, with five of the nine selected aged over 20 and two over 30.

"The standard of swimmers in the last two Island Games men's events was exceptional," said coach Nathan Jegou.

"For us to have got Ian and Simon into the team to join the likes of Tom Gallichan, Stefan McGreevy, Matt Brehaut, Giovanni Guarino and the new youngsters makes it an exciting prospect."

Emily Bashforth will be the busiest swimmer on the team, competing in a total of nine individual events as well as relays, while Ella Dias will race in seven individual events.

" It's been an exciting winter as we became aware of the return of some of the men and saw how well many of the swimmers have trained and progressed," said the president of the Jersey Amateur Swimming Association Paul du Feu.

"It's a huge credit to the coaches and the club programmes to have such a good all-round team.

"We can honestly say that we'll be competitive in all the events regardless of stroke or distance."