THE long-awaited Gymnastic Inter Island Games are underway in Holyhead.

Gymnasts from all over the world have been welcomed to Anglesey for this week's games, which are held in conjunction with the Natwest Island Games.

Athletes from Aland, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Gotland, Isle of Man, Jersey and the Shetland Isles joined their Ynys Môn counterparts for the welcoming reception at Trearddur Bay Hotel on Tuesday evening. 

The competition started at Holyhead Leisure Centre this morning (Thursday) and will also be held on Saturday, while training days were held yesterday (Wednesday) and tomorrow (Friday). 

And Anglesey bagged their first two medals on the opening day, with the set team taking bronze, and Dan Chadwick also claiming a third-place finish in the mens set vault.

Among those in attendance for Tuesday evening’s welcome party were island MP Albert Owen and Welsh Culture, Sport and Tourism Minister Ken Skates. 

Mr Owen said: “I warmly welcome the Island Games Committee for selecting Ynys Môn to host the Inter-Island Games Gymnastics event. 

“We have been joined by the Deputy Welsh Minster Ken Skates so it’s a welcome to Wales as well as to the island. 

“This is a fantastic opportunity to showcase what the island has to offer in terms of a first class sporting event and tourism. 

“I wish all athletes competing the best of luck.” 

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