KPMG in the Channel Islands has announced its intention to sponsor Island Games gold medallist and record-breaker Ian Black as he commits himself to a training programme for the forthcoming Delhi Commonwealth Games.

Ian was the first Jersey swimmer to qualify for the Delhi games taking place in October. He qualified for the games in December with a heat time of 4.29.09 in the 400m individual medley at the Queensland State Championship, finishing in eighth place.

Twenty-year-old Ian, who now lives in Perth, Australia, is now committed to a full-time training programme for the Commonwealth Games. He has been swimming since he was aged four and has competed for Jersey in three Island Games. At the 2009 NatWest Island Games in Aland he won an amazing nine medals – four golds – and set new records for the Island in four events and and Island Games record in a fifth.

From 16 to 20 March Ian will be competing at the Telstra Australian Swimming Championships at the Sydney Olympic Aquatic Park. The championships, which will be shown live on the Sports Channel, will be racing against Australian swimmers Brenton Rickard and Christian Sprenger.

The Hon President of JASA, Gail Le Clercq said that Ian’s Australian Club had now acknowledged his future potential and had supplied a landwork coach and gym access to improve his performance in the pool. ‘Ian has already proved himself at the Island Games and now he has every chance to realise his potential with his Australian Club and to train hard for the Commonwealth Games,’ she said.

Larry Catterson, Chairman of KPMG in the Channel Islands, said the firm was proud to be able to sponsor Ian and help him towards future success. ‘Jersey has produced some fantastic swimmers over the years and Ian is a perfect example of the best that this Island can produce. We are delighted to be able to help Ian in some way so that he can fulfill his fantastic potential’ said Mr. Catterson.

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Issued by Laurel Garfield at Image PR, 01481 723456, e-mail laurel.garfield@imageci.com