Cox aims to make his Marc on Games debut

MARC COX has put his doubts to rest after clinching the unwritten ‘last spot’ in the hotly contested men’s Island Games cycling roster.

Hard work has paid off: Marc Cox will make his debut at the Gibraltar 2019 NatWest International Island Games. (Picture by Steve Sarre, 24221969)
Hard work has paid off: Marc Cox will make his debut at the Gibraltar 2019 NatWest International Island Games. (Picture by Steve Sarre, 24221969)

He will debut as part of a five-strong men’s squad named shortly after this year’s Paul Van Katwyk Easter Festival – although much was already decided among the top contenders.

Sam Culverwell, James Roe and Mike Serafin attained pre-selection last autumn and Jack English’s early-season form had quietly nearly guaranteed him the No. 4 spot.

It is only after an excellent Easter that Cox has officially joined English and the pre-picks in a roster of various talents.

‘It’s an exciting debut. I am really pleased I’ve managed to get the last spot,’ said Cox.

‘It was before early winter that the squads were pre-selected and, for me, it has been a long winter’s training. I am really glad it has come through in the end – all the hard work has paid off.’

Their women’s counterparts, headed by experienced veteran Karina Bowie, are also looking to advance themselves in the build-up.

Several key changes have occurred since pre-selection, but two debutantes feature in the final squad, these being young Hannah Brehaut and surprise addition Jamie-Lee Wright.

Men’s team: James Roe, Sam Culverwell, Mike Serafin, Jack English and Marc Cox [Andy Colver and Matt Osborn reserves].

Women’s team: Karina Bowie, Danielle Hanley, Hannah Brehaut, Maddie Wilson and Jamie-Lee Wright.

Team managers: Gary Wallbridge and Alex Wilson.

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