MAKING Team Isle of Wight sustainable for future Island Games competitions is the aim of its new chairman.

Kevin Winchcombe has taken over the mantle from Martin Goodall as chairman of the Isle of Wight Island Games Association.

Preparation for the 2021 Island Games has already begun, but Kevin’s vision goes beyond the event in Jersey in 18 months’ time.

“Martin is such a tough act to follow because the team has taken huge strides under his watch,” said Kevin.

“We now have charitable status, which we hope will help us attract more sponsorship and support.

“We want to make the games as affordable and accessible to every athlete who deserves to be selected.

“To do that we would like to work with others on the Island in finding ways of making it happen, because the Island Games brings huge potential.

“It’s the pinnacle sporting moment for many and I’m determined to make it the best experience it can possibly be for our athletes.”

Winchcombe has featured for the Isle of Wight’s football team in two Island Games, while he has also coached at two other competitions.

Over the past two games, Kevin has supported Martin as vice-chairman and in the role of general team manager.

“It’s an amazing event to be part of and I’ve always been proud to represent the Isle of Wight.

“Being involved with the team is very special and I shall do my absolute best to ensure we're able to give our all at every international Island Games in the future.”