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Shooter Maddy tastes TV fame in baton relay programme

Maddy sets her sights on Scotland - as seen on the BBC iPlayer
Maddy sets her sights on Scotland – as seen on the BBC iPlayer

Commonwealth Games hopeful Madolyn Andrews features in a three-minute profile of St Helena on a BBC television programme following the Queen’s Baton Relay.

Maddy is seen training to take part in the shooting at the 2014 Games in Scotland.

If she succeeds in her ambition to compete, it’ll be only the second time she’s left the island – and the first time venturing beyond Ascension.

“If I go out in the bigger world to the Commonwealth Games I’ll be able to see what they do and how they do it,” she tells presenter Mark Beaumont.

Patrick Henry: "We'll be ready"
Patrick Henry: “We’ll be ready”

Her coach, Patrick Henry, says it is difficult preparing competitors for overseas competition in such isolation, but says he thinks his team “will be ready”.

The programme is available to UK viewers on the BBC iPlayer. It is scheduled to be shown on the BBC News Channel in the UK on Saturday at 1.30pm.

The Falkland Islands are featured as the “next destination” in the baton’s tour of the Commonwealth – ignoring the fact that it had to be carried ashore at Ascension Island to be transferred to the RAF flight to Stanley.

Ascension is not acknowledged as a stop-over on the baton website.

Mark Beaumont’s blog on the baton’s journey includes a post about the RMS St Helena, with photographs showing parts of the ship not normally seen by passengers. Read it here

And an unnamed Pilling School pupil is captured in a striking photograph on the BBC’s baton website, here

Simon and Carlos shoot their way to silver medal

From St Helena Government press office, 16 July 2013:

Simon Henry and Carlos Yon have today won a silver medal in the 2013 NatWest Island Games in Bermuda for the 50-metre Three Position Small Bore Rifle Team event.

This is believed to be the first time that St Helena has ever won a silver medal at the Island Games.

With a total score of 1022 the St Helena team came closely behind winners, Gotland (1089 points) and ahead of Jersey (1001 points).

The National Amateur Sports Association on St Helena is thrilled with this result and congratulates Simon and Carlos on their success.

The International Island Games were founded in the Isle of Man in 1985. 24 member islands come together every two years to compete in friendly competition in a range of up to 14 sports chosen by the host island.

Since 1999, NatWest has been the title sponsor for the Island Games, which have become one of the largest international multi-sport events in the world, behind the Commonwealth Games and Olympics.

This year’s Games are being held in Bermuda from 13-19 July. Around 2,000 athletes and officials, plus many supporters, are attending.

REACTION VIA FACEBOOK:

  • Matthew Benjamin Awesome well done
  • Gail Ruth Thomas Way to go Saint Boyz……. Keep up the good Spirit  !!!
  • Sheila Markham well done to them botH 
  • Nick Stevens this result as you’ll all now know is official it cause quite a stir on the island it was great to be on radio this afternoon to deliver such great news. The Castle even release a press statement
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