Isle of Man Schools Chess Congress

 

IOM Primary School Chess  Congress

IOM Primary School Chess Congress



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We recently visited the IOM Primary School’s Chess Congress, where we watched children competing against each other representing seven of the Island’s primary schools.

Isle of Man Schools Chess Congress

Harry Minor, chess coach for the Island’s schools said: “This year’s Chess Congress went very well. The children played some really good chess and were very well behaved. Next year I hope to see a few more members and to encourage some more girls to take part especially as there is a new trophy for the best girl player. I’d like to thank everyone involved and to the staff and parents for supporting and to Rushen School for hosting.”

Isle of Man Schools Chess Congress

As well as trophies for the winners and runner-up, Isle of Man Stamps & Coins kindly donated sets of the Chronicles of the Kings of Man & the Isles & the Lewis Chessmen stamps, first day covers and presentation packs as prizes.

Isle Of Man Schools Chess Congress

Peter Kennaugh Signing

Peter Kennaugh and young fan

Peter Kennaugh and young fan

Here’s some pictures of Manx Olympic Gold Medallist, Peter Kennaugh‘s Stamp signing session down at the Isle of Man Sea Terminal which happened on Sunday 23rd Sept 2012.  The event was a roaring success and was organised by The Isle of Man Post Office.

Signing

Signing

Peter Kennaugh Meeting The Manx Public

Peter Kennaugh Meeting The Manx Public

Manx Olympic Gold Medalist Peter Kennaugh and Mirella Annis, marketing assistant, Isle of Man Stamps & Coins

Manx Olympic Gold Medalist Peter Kennaugh and Mirella Annis, marketing assistant, Isle of Man Stamps & Coins

 Team GB Manx Olympic Gold Medalist Peter Kennaugh

Team GB Manx Olympic Gold Medalist Peter Kennaugh

Busy Crowd

Busy Crowd

Peter Kennaugh with Mirella Annis and Dot Tilbury

L-R Peter Kennaugh with Mirella Annis, marketing assistant and Dot Tilbury, general manager both from Isle of Man Stamps & Coins

Gold medallist Peter Kennaugh Exclusive Signing 23/09/2012, Sea Terminal, Douglas, Isle of Man,11.00am – 12.00pm

Peter Kennaugh Gold Medal and Postbox

Paul Smith Olympics Gold Medal Winners SheetLondon 2012 Olympic Games Gold medallist Peter Kennaugh will be exclusively signing limited edition Gold Medal Winners Stamp Sheets, which will be on sale at the Sea Terminal, this Sunday (September 23) between 11.00am and 12.00pm through the Isle of Man Post Office.

 Fans of the Manx-born Olympic cyclist will have a unique opportunity to meet their sporting hero and get a piece of history signed as in celebration of the success of Peter and his team mates Steven Burke, Edward Clancy and Geraint Thomas in the Men’s Team Pursuit last month, Isle of Man Post Office has produced a Gold Medal Winners Sheet in a limited edition of 2012 only.

The sheet features the cycling stamps of Isle of Man Post Office’s London 2012 Olympic Games stamp issue, designed by world-renowned fashion designer Sir Paul Smith, along with images of Peter and his team mates taking part in the dramatic race which saw the Great Britain team set a new world record time of 03:51.659.

Peter became the first Manx-born Olympic Champion to win an Olympic gold medal since Sidney Swann, who was part of Great Britain’s rowing eights team at the 1912 Games in Stockholm.

Dot Tilbury, General Manager Isle of Man Stamps & Coins said: “We are delighted Peter is able to do an exclusive signing of Gold Medal Winners Stamp Sheets for us this Sunday. It’s the ideal opportunity for people to meet our Manx cycling hero and get his autograph at the same time. Peter will be available for just one hour only from 11am till midday in the Sea Terminal, Douglas, so don’t miss out. The Isle of Man is immensely proud of Peter’s achievement and I’m sure crowds of people will come along to congratulate him especially as the event coincides with Shoprite’s Cycle for Life charity event which is based at the Sea Terminal on Sunday and is always a marvellous event.”

*The signing will go ahead even if the Cycle for Life should be cancelled due to bad weather.

Limited edition Gold Medal Winners Sheets, just 2012 copies, can be purchased at the Sea Terminal on Sunday morning priced £10 each or in advance from Regent Street Post Office, Douglas or online at www.iomstamps.com

Men’s Team Pursuit Gold Medal Winners Sheet

Paul Smith Olympics Gold Medal Winners Sheet

Men’s Team Pursuit Gold Medal Winners Sheet

 Isle of Man Post Office is delighted to issue a Gold Medal Winners Sheet in celebration of the success of the Men’s Team Pursuit in the London 2012 Olympic Games, which saw Manx-born Peter Kennaugh as part of the team. Just 2012 numbered sheets will be printed.

Peter Kenanugh, along with team mates Steven Burke, Edward Clancy and Geraint Thomas  won the gold medal in a dramatic race in which they set a new world record time of  03:51.659. Team GB were tipped as the favorites and confirmed this position in qualifying.

Peter is the first Manx-born Olympic Champion since Sidney Swann, who was part of Great Britain’s rowing eights team at the 1912 Games in Stockholm.

The Gold Medal Winners Sheet features the cycling stamps of Isle of Man Post Office’s London 2012 Olympic Games stamp issue, designed by world-renowned fashion designer Sir Paul Smith, along with images of Peter and his team mates taking part in the race.

Less than 24 hours after he rode to victory in the team pursuit, Peter arrived back on the Isle of Man to a hero’s welcome.  A huge crowd cheered as he walked through the arrivals area of the Isle of Man Airport holding his gold medal. Peter also joined in with an impromptu rendition of the Island’s national anthem followed by an emotional speech in which he expressed his thanks for the reception. He held his gold medal aloft which prompted an enormous cheer from the crowd that included fans of all ages. He spent an hour signing autographs and having his photograph taken and passed his gold medal to fans – much to the delight of the many children who turned up to meet their hero.

The Winners Sheet priced £10.00 including free world-wide delivery, can be ordered now for delivery from www.iomstamps.com

Adam Wright

Adam Wright with Poster
We recently interviewed Isle of Man based Adam Wright, who was asked to help out at the Archery events at the London 2012 Olympic Games. Please see the interview below:
IOM Stamps: How did you get involved in with the London 2012 Olympics? 
Adam Wright: Steven Taylor who is an Archery Coach in the UK was putting together a team of young games makers for the archery event to carry arrows from the targets back to the archers. Steven Taylor then contacted the Isle of Man Archery Club and asked if they had anyone between ages 16 and 18 who would be able to go to London and Peter and Joy at the archery club asked me if I wanted to do it and I said I could so they put my name down and I was chosen to take part in the Olympics.

IOM Stamps: What was the experience like?

Adam Wright: The experience was very good to see all of the world class archers and the sort of equipment they used and a stadium full of people all very excited about watching the shooting.

IOM Stamps: How did it feel to be part of the event?

Adam Wright: It was exciting to be part of such a massive event and it was an experience that I will never forget as I was very proud to take part.

IOM Stamps: What did you enjoy most?

Adam Wright: The thing that I enjoyed the most was getting to see the archers shoot and being part of the atmosphere in Lord’s

IOM Stamps: Would you volunteer again?

Adam Wright: I would volunteer again as it was a great experience and I was very proud to be part of it.Adam Wright detailsMy age: 16MY interest in archery: shooting at the Isle of Man Archery Club

Peter Kennaugh Returns Home After Olympic Glory!

Peter Kennaugh Olympic Glory

We couldn’t be any prouder! Click on the image to see the the MT TV Video article!

IOM Stamps Dot Tilbury Talks To Paul Moulton of MT TV About Our Olympic Stamps

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Our very own Dot Tilbury talks about our Paul Smith London 2012 Olympic Games Stamp Opening/Closing Ceremony Issue with Paul Moulton of Manx Telecom TV. Please click on the image to view.Enjoy!

 

Good luck to Peter and Team GB on your campaign!

Good Luck Peter Kennaugh!

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What A Week!

Mark Cavendish - The Manx Missile

We have been very excited by the events of the last 7 days in the world of cycling and our social media streams have been boiling hot with congratulations and wishes of good luck for Mark Cavendish following his stage win in Paris at the Tour De France and the anticipation of the London 2012 Olympic Games Men’s Road Race on Saturday. We are also getting behind local boy – and son of a postman of the same name – Peter Kennaugh who is part of the Team GB Men’s Pursuit team. It is amazing that our little Island has produced 2 world champions and Olympians and we are all thrilled with their success so far and their great potential for the future.

To see and order our Mark Cavendish – The Manx Missile stamps, please click on image above!

Mark Cavendish – The Manx Missile

 Mark Cavendish - The Manx Missile

The fastest man on two wheels, cycling star Mark Cavendish MBE, will literally come to life on paper thanks to technology featured on a set of stamps being produced by Isle of Man Post Office to celebrate the athlete’s sporting achievements.

A souvenir sheet of the stamps (available from June 30th to coincide with start of Tour de France) will include an “augmented reality” feature, allowing the £1.05 stamp with a special label come to life using an app on a smartphone, tablet screen or other mobile device and will automatically display a video of Cavendish winning the world title in Copenhagen.

The postage stamps include images of the “Manx Missile” winning the 2011 UCI Road World Championships and the Green Jersey in the 2011 Tour de France.

Mark Cavendish said: “I’m proud to feature in this stamp collection and delighted with the images which have been selected. It’s a great honour for me personally, but it’s also a reflection of the widespread interest in cycling now and that’s always great to see.”

As Cavendish is the Isle of Man’s greatest sporting hero, the 38 pence stamp – the first in the set – features him celebrating winning gold for the Island in the scratch race at the 2006 Commonwealth Games. For Isle of Man sportsmen and women, the Commonwealth Games are the highest level of competition at which they can represent their country, and when Mark won in Melbourne he became only the second Isle of Man cyclist ever to win Commonwealth gold. Peter Buckley won the road race in 1966.

The 41 pence stamp shows Mark’s first victory as a professional at the 2007 Scheldeprijs Vlaanderen in Belgium while racing for T-Mobile. In 2009, Cavendish produced a thrilling sprint finish to snatch victory in Italy’s Milan-San Remo classic from Germany’s Heinrich Haussler – and this win is illustrated on the 65 pence stamp. The 71 pence stamp shows Cavendish wearing the Green Jersey at the end of the 2011 Tour de France – he is the first rider from Britain or the Isle of Man ever to win the Green Jersey for the winner of the Tour’s points classification.

At the road race of the UCI World Championships in Copenhagen in September 2011, Cavendish became the first British rider to win the men’s title since Tom Simpson in 1965. It was an historic moment for cycling in Britain and the Isle of Man, and the image on the 80 pence stamp shows Mark crossing the finish line celebrating the greatest victory in his career to date. The £1.05 stamp shows him resplendent in the Rainbow Jersey of World Champion. Mark signed for Team Sky in the autumn of 2011 and the £1.16 stamp features an image of him winning the Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne semi-classic in Belgium in February 2012. Cavendish also features on a 50 pence coin minted by Pobjoy Mint in the UK, on behalf of the Isle of Man Government, which will be in general circulation as well as in special celebration packs.

Geoff Corkish MHK MBE, Chairman of the Isle of Man Post Office, said: “This is a unique issue which will appeal to cycling fans and stamp collectors alike. Mark is a marvelous ambassador for the Isle of Man and for his sport and I’m delighted that his greatest victories are celebrated in this prestigious first edition stamp issue which has been approved by Her Majesty The Queen. His tremendous achievements in recent years have done a great deal to promote the Isle of Man around the world and the stamp issue is just one example of the pride the Isle of Man has for all of his achievements.”

Six of the images on the stamps – Mark’s win at the Scheldeprijs Vlaanderen, Milan-San Remo, Tour de France Green Jersey, World Championships, and in Team Sky colours at the 2012 Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne – are by top cycling photographer Tim de Waele. The photo of Mark winning Commonwealth Games gold is from Getty Images. The stamps were designed by Ruth Sutherland and the presentation pack text was written by Isle of Man-based cycling journalist and author Richard Allen.

The Mark Cavendish MBE stamp issue goes on sale on June 19, but the set of the stamps and the souvenir sheet (featuring “augmented reality‟ – please note the smart stamp is only available on the souvenir sheet) can be pre-ordered at www.iomstamps.com

Mark Cavendish - The Manx Missile