The New Isle of Man Athletics Association

Following the recent EGM the Isle of Man Athletics Association is pleased to announce a number of significant and positive changes to its structure and personnel.

It was agreed that four sub-committees were formed to look after various strands of the sport namely Finance, Competition, Development and High Performance and this would allow for a streamlined executive committee of Chair, Vice Chair, 4 sub-committee chairs and 5 club representatives.  It was felt that this structure would provide excellent governance whilst not being over burdensome on the individuals taking on the various roles.

The Executive IOMAA will be headed by Simon Sinclair agreed to act as interim Chair for a 3-month period until 30th April 2017. At that point, a new Chairperson will need to be appointed. Glen Hamilton is the new Vice Chair and Charlotte Christian remains Secretary.

The Finance Committee will be Chaired by the new Treasurer, Robbie Watterson, and he is joined by Committee members Ian Pilley, Sharon Hyatt, Jamie Blair, Patrick Margrave and Elissa Wood. Their remit will be to look after the accounts and raise money through sponsorship and fund raising.

Richard Sille has taken on the role of Head of Performance and he Chairs the High Performance Committee whose members include Alan Callow and Delia Fairclough, the current Commonwealth Games representatives.  They will be tasked with developing the pathway for our athletes to perform at the highest levels.  A coordinator is still required to organise the strength and conditioning training.

The Development Committee will be Chaired by the Athletics Development Officer.  This paid role will shortly be advertised.  This Committee includes the current YDL Manager Niamh Goddard and Bridget Kaneen who is looking after our officials and coaches.

The Competition Committee is divided into 5 further sub-committees covering Track & Field, Cross Country, Road Running, Fell Running and Walking. Janelle Quayle is the new Communications coordinator.  The Track and Field committee will look after the Island Championships and Open Meetings along with the YDL, Northern League and Island Games.  A number of people came forward to help out with this Committee however the position of Chair remains vacant.  The Cross Country Committee will look after the organisation of the Cross Country League and Championships and will be headed by Andy Fox.  Road Running will be looked after by Terry Bates,  Fell Running by Manx Fell Runners and Walking by Manx Harriers.  The Competition Committee still requires a Chairperson, a kit coordinator and a medal coordinator.

A number of positions are separate to this structure.  These are the Statisticians, Web Master and a newly required Welfare Officer.

As can be seen additional volunteers are required to help out with the committees, roles and tasks.  If you are interested lending a hand then please contact any of the committee members.  If you provided your details at the EGM then we will be in contact shortly.

Microgaming Cross Country League 2016/17 Presentation

The Microgaming Cross Country League presentation takes place on Friday 17 March 2017 at the Claremont Hotel in Douglas. The event is free and a finger buffet will be provided.

Doors open at 6.30pm for a 7pm start to the presentations for under 9, under 11 and under 13 awards. This section of the evening will end at 8.30pm or earlier. The older age groups under 15, under 17, under 20, senior and veteran categories will be presented from approx 8.30pm. The presentations should finish around 10pm.

We hope that you can make it to the event. If you cannot, do check with others in your club or who you know are attending and ask them to collect your trophy. There will be trophies from last year on display to be collected if possible.

To see if you have won here is list.

We look forward to seeing you all on the 17 March.

Andy Fox

There will be a raffle held at the Cross Country Presentation, all funds raised will go directly to supporting those athletes who are selected to go to Gotland. If you are unable to make the presentation, and would like some tickets, please send an email to and tickets will be arranged for you.

The Island Games are one of the few International events that our athletes can attend and complete in, any funding raised is hugely appreciated by the athletes hoping to compete this June


Isle of Man Athletics Launches Island Games Crowdfunding Page

The Isle of Man Athletics Association is pleased to announce the launch of a fundraising initiative for the Island Games being held in Gotland in June 2017.

The Island Games is a key event in the athletics calendar for all those islands that participate in the games.  Isle of Man Athletics is looking to send a team of 30 to the games in Gotland (Sweden) this summer comprising 26 athletes, 3 managers and a sports therapist. It will cost approx. £1400 per person to send this team, much of which will be self-funded.

We are appealing to the athletics community, the general public and businesses of the Isle of Man to help fund the Athletics Team getting to the games.

In short, we want the Team Isle of Man Athletics to be powered into the Gotland 2017 games by the whole of our Island.

Please click here to visit the crowdfunding page and pledge your support.

Any support you can give to support our athletes get to Gotland will be most appreciated.