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Sport in Guernsey

Guernsey Velo Club is a cycling sport club in Guernsey

Guernsey participates in its own right in the Commonwealth Games.

Guernsey participates in the bi-annual Island Games, which it hosted in 1987 and 2003. In sporting events in which Guernsey does not have international representation, when the British Home Nations are competing separately, islanders that do have high athletic skill may choose to compete for any of the Home Nations – there are, however, restrictions on subsequent transfers to represent another Home Nation. The football player Matt Le Tissier for example, tried out for the Scotland national football team but ended up playing for England.

Major individual sports include athletics, shooting, swimming, football and fencing. Guernsey's home football team, Guernsey F.C. competes in the Isthmian League Division One South and Guernsey has received a number of Commonwealth games medals for shooting. Fencing is a sport that is rapidly increasing in popularity with GB fencers such as Fraser Ward originating from the island.

Sport in Guernsey is governed by the Guernsey Sports Commission with another association, Sport Guernsey developing elite athletes.

The island's sporting county is Hampshire.

The island's traditional colour (e.g. for sporting events) is green.


The Japanese martial art showing 'the way of spiritual harmony'


Bowmen of Guernsey

Gold medals won at the Island Games

  • Women's Recurve - Julie Nash, Paula Rowland 2001, Chantelle Goubert 2015 [1]
  • Women's Recurve Head to Head - Lisa Gray 2015 [2]
  • Women's Compound - Terri Tough 2001
  • Compound Head to Head Team Knockout 2011

Artistic Roller Skating

Islanders compete in the Guernsey Eisteddfod[3]

Association Football

The Guernsey Football Association runs Guernsey football. The top tier of Guernsey football is the FNB Priaulx League where there are 7 teams (Belgrave Wanderers, Northerners, Sylvans, St Martin's, Rovers, Guernsey Rangers and Vale Recreation). The champions in 2011–12 were Northerners. The second tier is the Jackson League which is a mixture of top league players, lower players and youth players. The third tier is the Railway League, featuring three extra teams, Alderney, Guernsey Police and Port City.

The Corbet Football Field donated by Jurat Wilfred Corbet OBE in 1932 has fostered the sport greatly over the years. Although more recently the island has upgraded to a larger, better quality stadium, called Footes Lane.[4]

Guernsey footballers warm up before the 2012 Muratti final

The annual Muratti match between the Channel Islands gives an airing to the traditional rivalry between Guernsey and Jersey, Alderney also play either Guernsey or Jersey in the semi-final in Alderney.

In 2011, Guernsey F.C. was founded and became a member of the English Combined Counties Football League Division One, winning it in its inaugural season.[5] earning promotion to the Combined Counties Football League Premier Division in 2012–13 and then promotion to the Isthmian League Division One South in 2013–14 which also gave entitlement to compete in the FA Cup.

Gold medals won at the Island Games

  • Men 2001, 2003, 2015[6]

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Using the all weather track at Footes Lane Guernsey athletes compete in a number of disciplines in Island Games and the Commonwealth Games

Lee Merrien competing for Team GB in the 2012 Olympic Games Marathon

Gold Medal won at the Island Games include:

Gold medals won in Team events at the Island Games include:

  • Men 4 × 100 m relay 2015
  • Men 4 × 400 m relay 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2015
  • Men Half marathon Team 2003, 2011, 2015
  • Women 4 × 100 m relay 2003, 2005, 2007, 2011
  • Women 4 × 400 m relay 2003, 2005
  • Women Half Marathon Team 2003, 2009



Popular in Guernsey with players competing in the Commonwealth Games

Gold medals won at the Island Games:

  • Men's singles - Mark Leadbeater, Jimmy McKenna, Glen MacFarlane 2001, Darren Le Tissier 2003, Paul Le Tocq 2013
  • Women's singles - Sally Podger, Elena Johnson 2003, 2013
  • Men's Doubles 2001, 2003
  • Mixed Doubles 2001, 2003, 2011
  • Women's Doubles 2003, 2009, 2011
  • Team Event 2001, 2003, 2011, 2013


Bar Billiards

A popular sport in Guernsey, the local association holds an annual Guernsey Open event



Islanders compete in and has won medals at Basketball at the Island Games


Bell Ringing (Campanology)

With four ringable towers in Guernsey the Islanders form part of the Channel Islands district of Winchester and Portsmouth Diocesan Guild of Church Bell Ringers.



Guernsey competes in the World Indoor Bowls Championships

and at the British Isles Indoor Bowls Championship[8]

  • Winning British Isles Indoor Women's Singles Championship 2002, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2015[9] Alison Merrien MBE
  • Winning British Isles Indoor Women's Pairs Championship 2005, 2013, 2014, 2015[9] Alison Merrien MBE with Carol Ingrouille then Shirley Petit
  • Winning British Isles Indoor Men's Triples Championship 2006
  • Winning British Isles Indoor Women's Fours Championship 2001
  • Winning British Isles Indoor Men's Fours Championship 2010

Gold medals won at the Island Games:

  • Men's Singles - Paul Ingrouille 2005
  • Men's Pairs 2005
  • Men's Fours 2005
  • Men's Team Event 2005
  • Women's Singles - Alison Merrien 2005 [10]
  • Women's Four's 2005 [10]
  • Women's Team Event 2005 [10]


Medals won at the Commonwealth Games

  • Silver 1986 Lawn Bowls Women's Doubles - Jennifer "Jennie" Nicolle and Marie Smith


Organised by the Amalgamated Boys Club since 1936, the sport has been strong in Guernsey for over 100 years.

Ladies are also training and competing in competitions.

Canoeing and Sea Kayaking

A sport that has been increasing in popularity over recent years as equipment quality has increased.



With divisions, knock out competitions, an annual open international chess festival and with teams representing the Island at International competitions and the Chess Olympiad, you could say Chess is a popular sport in the Island



For 4- to 27-year-old boys and girls, they perform at special local Guernsey events and UK competitions


Guernsey was declared an affiliate member by the International Cricket Council (ICC) in 2005.[11] Competing in the World Cricket League, having won promotion to 2016 ICC World Cricket League Division Five[12]

There is a Channel Islands League in which Guernsey teams participate as well as an annual Inter-insular match against Jersey

Guernsey cricket team competing in the 2015 ICC Europe Division One of Twenty20 having won promotion from Division Two in 2010



Island Games 2011: Guernsey women's team Town Centre Criterium cycling gold medal winners

Cycling is very popular in Guernsey with Velo Club races throughout the year, including an annual inter insular event.

Guernsey cyclists compete in GHS UK events, the Island Games and the Commonwealth Games

Gold medals won at the Island Games include:

  • Men's Individual Town Centre Criterium - Tobyn Horton 2007,[13] 2011, 2013
  • Men's Individual Road Race - Tobyn Horton 2013
  • Men's MTB Cross Country - Rob Smart 2011
  • Men's MTB Criterium - Rob Smart 2011
  • Women's Individual 25 km Time Trial - Ann Bowditch 2001
  • Women's Individual Time Trial - Ann Bowditch 2003, 2013
  • Women's Individual Town Centre Criterium - Ann Bowditch 2003, 2013
  • Women's Criterion - Ann Bowditch 2011
  • Women's Individual Mountain Bike Criterium - Ann Bowditch 2003, Meggie Bichard 2007
  • Women's Individual Mountain Bike Cross Country - Ann Bowditch 2003, Meggie Bichard 2007

Gold medals won at Team Events at the Island Games include:

  • Men's Team Road Race 2013
  • Men's Team Mountain Bike Cross Country 2003, 2011, 2013
  • Women's Time Trial Team Award 2013
  • Women's Team Town Centre Criterium 2011


For more relaxed cycling, there are regular charity cycling events, such as "Rock To Rocque" and the States of Guernsey promote cycle routes through the country parishes.


Many types of dance are undertaken including:

With dance festivals and competitions organised by dance schools.


A popular sport in Guernsey for Men and Women with several leagues and Inter Island competitions organised.


Disability Sports

Guernsey Sports Association for the Disabled offer general sports aimed at people with a variety of abilities across different ages with an annual participation in a UK Disability Games competition.



  • Show jumping
  • Pony club
  • Horse driving
  • Riding and hunting

with some events held at the annual West Show


With divisions, leagues and knock out competitions, this card game is played by many in Guernsey locations



Guernsey is renowned for its strong fencing ability, the island competes at a number of levels, competing in national competitions all the way up to the Commonwealths. Guernsey has won two medals at Commonwealth Junior level. GB Fencers such as Fraser Ward are from Guernsey.



see Fishing in Guernsey

Sea fishing from the shore and boats is very popular, with a number of British records being held with fish caught in Bailiwick waters.

Five-a-Side Football

Regularly played at Beau Sejour

6-a-side Football

Guernsey has a Wednesday league

see: Wednesday League

Futsal Football

The Brazilian game is proving popular in Guernsey where soccer skills can be improved with this indoor 5 a side team sport.


Gaelic Football

The Guernsey Gaels was founded in 1996 and competes in the European Gaelic football leagues, the island hosts its own tournament each year with teams from all over Europe visiting the island.

Guernsey becoming European Gaelic Football Champions in 2011



A fairly new world sport, with lots of objects to find in Guernsey



Royal Guernsey Golf Club

There are two 18 hole and one 9 hole courses in the Island with a nine hole course in Alderney.

Juniors are encouraged with competitions and cups to play for.

Islanders and clubs compete in inter Island competitions in both Jersey and Alderney, in the Island Games and in Hampshire and other English competitions.

Gold medals in the Island Games include:

  • Men's Individual - Robert Eggo 1991, 2003
  • Women's Individual - Aimee Ponte 2015[14]
  • Ladies Team Event 2013


Actively played by men and women, who compete in English knockout competitions. There are also annual inter-Island games.

The Men's team winning the England Hockey Trophy in 2008–09, runners up in 2011–12 and 2012–13 before winning again in 2013–14

The Women's team won the England Hockey Vase in 2012–13 having been runners up in 2010–11


Horse racing

The racecourse on L'Ancresse Common was re-established in 2004, and races are held on most Bank Holidays, with competitors from Guernsey as well as Jersey, France and the UK participating.


Guernsey competes in the Island Games

Gold medals won in Island Games include:

Mens 73 kg - Roberto Mascherucci 2007


Motor Sports

Guernsey also enjoys various motor sports covering production cars, sports cars, racing cars, motor cycles, motorcycles with sidecars, quad bikes, karts and historic cars and bikes

  • Off Road
  • Motor Cycle Trials
  • Hill climbs

In season, regular races take place on the sands on Vazon beach on the west coast.

Le Val des Terres, a steeply winding road rising south from St Peter Port to Fort George, is often the focus of both local and international hill-climb races.

Zef Eisenberg set the ACU British Land Speed Record in 2012 and with the Mad Max racing team set the World Turbine Bike Record with a speed of 233.7 mph in 2015.[15]

The 2005, 2006, and 2007 World Touring Car Champion Andy Priaulx is a Guernseyman.

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An unusual sport for Guernsey, but Andrew May made it to the top of Everest in May 2013.


With three divisions of teams, netball has been a popular sport in the Island for over 70 years.

The Islands first International match being played in 2014.

An annual competition against Jersey is played towards the end of the season.



The traditional French game is also popular in Guernsey.

With an annual Guernsey Open competition held at the Petanque centre.


Power Boating

Guernsey has had World Offshore Power Boating competitors. Local power boating races for rigid hulls and ribs are regularly held

UIM 2014 class 3A and 3B World Powerboat Championships will be held in Guernsey

Guernsey power boater Peter Wilson has held British Water Speed records for IIIB 1.3 litre



Since 1894 Men's and Women's teams have been competing in local open sea races, with singles, pairs and fours.

Inter Island races, including the popular Sark to Jersey race and international coastal races and regattas.

In 1997 Jon Van Katwyk and Geoff Gavey completed the inaugural Atlantic Rowing Race.

In 2005-6 Lois Rawlins-Duquemin, Sarah Day, Kathy Tracey and Paula Van Katwyk was the first all female crew to row an ocean, crossing the atlantic in 67-7-20[16]

In 2008, Sam De Kooker and Simon Johns established a Guinness World Record for rowing non-stop on an indoor rowing machine in support of Multiple Sclerosis. They achieved a distance of over 300,000 metres.

In 2009 Margi Jorgensen won a silver medal in the ladies single in the World Coastal Rowing Championships.[17]

In 2013 James Plumley was part of the "Islanders" rowing team who broke the world record for rowing 2,000 miles around the British coast in a time of 26-9-9-58.[18]


Rugby Union

Guernsey RFC was founded in 1928 (GRUFC) and competes in the English leagues. Guernsey players are eligible for inclusion in the Hampshire Rugby Football Union County team who compete for the County Championship Shield

Guernsey RFC 2nd XV and the only one other senior team in Guernsey, St. Jacques RUFC, which was founded in 1978, compete in the Jersey League.

Guernsey competes for the Siam Cup annually against Jersey. The trophy awarded its winner is the second oldest rugby honour contested in the world after the Calcutta Cup.


There is an annual marathon in the Island together with a number of half marathons and shorter runs organised annually. The Easter running festival is also popular with its cross-country course.

Athletes also compete within and for Hampshire County.

Charity running events are also well represented.

Hash House Harriers, Hash House Harriets, and Guernsey Full Moon HHH events add to the fun of the sport.

Mike Meinke completed the 156 mile Marathon des Sables across the Sahara in 2013,[19] starting a trend with three local runners completing the course in the 2014 race.



DIngy and yacht racing are popular in Guernsey. Sailors compete in Island Games

Gold Medals won at the Island Games include:

  • Radial - Michael Henning 2001
  • Laser Standard Rig - Barney Chandler 2003
  • Sailing Team Event - 2001, 2003



Shooters regularly compete at National Rifle Association of the United Kingdom ranges at Bisley and in the Island Games and the Commonwealth Games and have represented Great Britain at the Olympics.[20]

Medals won at the Commonwealth Games

  • Gold 1990 Rapid Fire Pistol - Men - Adrian Breton[20]
  • Silver 1982 Shooting Men's Air Rifle - Matthew Guille
  • Silver 1986 Shooting Men's Rapid Fire Pistol - Adrian Breton [20]
  • Bronze 1982 Shooting Fullbore Rifle Queen's Prize Open - Charles Trotter
  • Bronze 1994 Shooting Men's Rapid Fire Pistol Team - Adrian Breton and Graham le Maitre [20]

National Rifle Association

  • QUEENS Prize Gold Badge for first place[21] 1899 - Private William A Priaulx
  • QUEENS Prize Gold Badge for first place 1975 - Charles MY Trotter
  • Grand Aggregate Silver Cross for second place 2008 - Nicholas C Mace [22]


Introduced to Guernsey in the 1960s, a new park built in 2013 at Beau Sejour attracts many new participants

Guernsey Extreme Sports Association organises pro riders and skaters events


With three divisions of leagues, it has been a popular sport in Guernsey for many years


Snooker & Billiards

Guernsey Snooker run four team leagues, three individual leagues, knockouts and annual Open Competitions for both Snooker and Billiards.

Inter-insular competitions also take place.



Two divisions of teams with an Inter Island competition at the end of each season.

Guernsey Softball Association see


Guernsey holds a Guernsey Open Championship annually.

Guernsey's Chris Simpson is a world ranked squash player.[23]

Guernsey players compete in the Island Games and the Commonwealth Games

Gold medals won in Island Games include


Surfing at Vazon beach on Guernsey's west coast has been a popular sport for many years.

Johnny Wallbridge coming first in the seniors division of 2015 Magic Seaweed British National Surf Championships.[24]



Water based sports, both sea and pool based are popular, with many Islanders competing in the annual Charity Swimarathon and competitively in the Island Games and Commonwealth Games

Gold Medals won at the Island Games include:

Gold Medals won for Team Events in the Island Games include:

  • Men's 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 2009, 2013, 2015
  • Men's 4 x 50m Medley Relay 2011, 2013
  • Men's 4 × 100 m Freestyle Relay 2007, 2009, 2015 [25]
  • Men's 4 × 100 m Medley Relay 2009, 2011, 2013
  • Women's 4 × 100 m Freestyle Relay 2003, 2005


Table Tennis

Member of the European Table Tennis Union

Guernsey teams compete in UK leagues and in Island Games and the Commonwealth Games

Gold medals won in the Island Games include:

  • Men's Doubles 2011
  • Women's singles - Alice Loveridge 2007, 2011, 2015[26]
  • Women's Doubles 2003, 2007, 2011, 2015[26]
  • Mixed Doubles 2011
  • Team Event 2005, 2011, 2015


Tag Rugby

This non contact sport is played by men and women of all ages, with all primary schools participating in the sport.



As Guernsey has the second oldest tennis club in the world, at Kings, with courts built in 1875, you would be quite correct in saying that Tennis is a sport Guernsey loves.

With six indoor and outdoor facilities at a number of locations, clubs are associated to the Lawn Tennis Association

Guernsey's Heather Watson is a world ranked tennis player and WTA title holder. Competing for Team GB in the 2012 Olympic Games

Guernsey players compete in the Island Games and Commonwealth Games as well as playing Inter Island games against Jersey

Gold medals won in the Island Games include:

  • Men's Doubles 2009
  • Men's Team Event 2007, 2009, 2013
  • Mixed Doubles 2015
  • Women's Singles - Ella Taylor 2015[27]
  • Women's Doubles 2003
  • Women's Team Event 2015

Tenpin Bowling

With leagues for men and women, organised by the Guernsey Tenpin Bowling Association

Guernsey has competed tenpin bowling at the Island Games

Touch Football (Rugby league)

Men's Women's and Mixed teams competing in leagues, an annual Inter Island competition, and the Island competes in Touch Europe and the Touch Football World Cup

In 2011 Guernsey won the World Cup Mixed Open Bowl Trophy having beaten the USA in the final.



Guernsey participants compete in a number of events including the Island Games and Commonwealth Games

Gold medals won in the Island Games include:

  • Women - Sam Herridge 2007[28]
  • Team Women 2007



With leagues for Men and Women and a Mixed League, as well as an annual Guernsey Open Competition and inter-insular against Jersey.



Sarnia Walking Club hold events throughout the year for men and women covering many different distances.

The annual church-to-church competition, where competitors have to touch each parish church in a 19.4 mile race is a special Guernsey event attracting world class competitors. [29] This race has been walked for well over 70 years, although if you believe the Guppy 'Stone de Croze'[30] cartoons, its more like 7,000 years.

Guernsey competitors also compete in English Race Walking Association events and the 20 km walk in the Commonwealth Games.

Annual charity walks also take place including a round the Island race.


Guernsey's west coast provides good facilities for keen windsurfers. Island competitors have entered International Formula Windsurfing Class events.

Gold medals won at the Island Games include:

  • Individual - Mike Birch 1993, James Briggs 2005
  • Team Event 1993, 2015



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