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Islanders pin down their winning badge

Islanders pin down their winning badge

Friday 07 November 2014

Islanders pin down their winning badge

Friday 07 November 2014

They won't all be flying it but thousands of athletes will be wearing the Jersey flag when they come to compete in the Island next year.

Schoolboy Ben Volpe’s artwork of a flag on a map of Jersey got Islanders’ votes in a competition launched this summer to design the official pin badge for the NatWest Island Games 2015.

The 14 year-old's design was one of 12 shortlisted entries from Islanders aged between 12 and 21 that went on display in Waitrose stores last month. More than a thousand shoppers voted either in store or online for their favourite.

Games Director Steve Bailey said: “It’s been great to see the island support this competition. It’s important for the whole community to be a part of the NatWest Island Games and this was just one of the opportunities to get involved.”

Ben will now get to work with local agency The Idea Works to create the final design before it goes on sale in branches of Waitrose next month and all the athletes will be given one of Ben’s badges as a souvenir to take home from the Games which are being held in the Island from 27 June to 3 July 2015.

Duncan Langston, Director of Waitrose in the Channel Islands Duncan Langston said: “We had some fantastic entries and now the public has decided on the badge that will represent their island at the Jersey 2015 Games. The Games wouldn’t be possible without the support and enthusiasm of the community, evident by the amount of votes we received and the brilliant pin badge that you will be able to purchase from our branches at the end of the year.” 

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