Manx Museum appeals for good sports to be part of Our Sporting Life show on Isle of Man

By Richard Booth | 05 May 2011
A black and white photo of a group of men in suits
The Isle of Man's first British Empire and Commonwealth Games team, pictured in 1958
Curators at Manx Heritage have been searching the Isle of Man for sporting objects and stories for a “mind blowing” exhibition to be held at the Manx Museum later this summer.

To coincide with the 2012 London Olympic Games and Man Commonwealth Youth Games, the museum will open the Our Sporting Life exhibition in late August, designed to celebrate and record the history of sporting stars on the island.

Manx National Heritage has spent the past six months working with the local sporting community, asking residents to share their sporting stories, photographs or memorabilia on everything from motorcycling and swimming to football and surfing.

The exhibition will also include interactive games where visitors can test their fitness and reaction times and find out how it feels to stand on an Olympic Podium.

The Isle of Man first entered the Commonwealth Games when they were held in Cardiff in 1958. Ex-postman Stuart Slack, who would go on to become a celebrated Manx folk musician, notched a bronze for the 120-mile cycling road race, and the Isle has won a total of eight Commonwealth medals, including gold in the men’s skeet shooting and cycling.

“There is such a mind blowing amount of sport happening on our small Island and we hope to capture the spirit of this in the exhibition,” said the Museum’s Katie King, praising the clubs and Manx celebrities who have come forward to help so far.

The Isle of Man has produced many world champion standard athletes over the years and continues to do so.

“We will highlight many of these amazing sporting heroes in the exhibition, whilst also celebrating the Island’s vibrant community sporting scene.”

  • Our Sporting Life - Celebrating the History and Diversity of Manx People in Sport will begin in late August. Athletes, coaches and fans can send their contributions to Katie King or call 01624 648035.
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