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Parsons and Partingtons
Family fortunes: Clays marksman Neil Parsons with sister Cal and husband Steve Partington, both walkers. All three competed in Manchester 2002

Keeping it in the family

Watterson family

Just like Dad: Steven Watterson was a babe when his father, Stewart, brought home a bronze medal from the 1978 Games in Edmonton. Air rifle marksman Steven competed in Manchester and Delhi

Christian family

Wheels of fortune: Mark Christian, bronze medal winner is 2010, with World and Olympic cyclist Victoria Pendleton (centre) and his sister Anna. Mark made fourth in the 2014 20km track race while Anna was 14th in the time trial and 18th in the road race

Niamh and mum Suzanne

Mum’s the word: Niamh beat her mother Suzanne’s times when she swam in Glasgow. Suzanne competed in Auckland 1990

Christian family

Gymn men: Mukunda Measuria (left) and brother Harshul, team-mates in 2014

The Kennaughs

Family affair: Peter Kennaugh prepares to do battle in Glasgow 2014 and was supported by his father, Peter, who competed in 1986, and by his mother Jacqui

Brothers Graham and Shane Stigant swam breaststroke for the Isle of Man in 1982, 1986 and 1990. Graham, who later turned to triathlon, was appointed manager for that sport at the Glasgow Games in 2014.

Steve Cooil (general team manager), wife Carrie (swimming manager) and son Marcus (swimming) took part in the 1994 Games in Victoria.

Carrie (manager) and Marcus were also at the 1998 Games in Kuala Lumpur. Steve was swimming manager in 1990 and competed as a swimmer in 1966. Marcus’s wife Ruth was a physiotherapist with the team in 2006, 2010 and 2014.

The family association with the Games continued in 2014 when Leonie Cooil, daughter of Steve and Carrie, was appointed manager of the swimming team.

The Mead family, of Ramsey, can lay claim to a major interest in the Games. Carole (swimming 1974), brother Phil (badminton 1982) and father, John, have all donned the Three Legs emblazoned blazer. John was badminton and swimming manager in 1978 and 1982, equipment manager in 1986 and badminton manager in 1990.

Brother and sister Alf and Maureen Oddie were in the Edinburgh team of 1986, Alf competing in the decathlon and Maureen in the women’s marathon.

In 2014, professional cyclist Mark Christian, winner of a bronze medal in the points race at the velodrome in India, was joined by his 2013 British junior road race champion sister Anna in Glasgow.

Neil Parsons, sister Cal Partington, and Cal's husband Steve, were part of the squad in Manchester, Cal in the 10km walk and Neil in the double trap clays discipline and Steve in the 20km walk. Cal and Steve also competed in 1994 and 1998.

Father and son Ian and Dane Harrop (swimming) represented the Island in Malaysia, Manchester and Melbourne - Ian was assistant team manager in 1998 and was promoted to general team manager in 2002 and 2006.

Father and son Brian and Andrew Roche were in the cycling team in 1994 – Brian, who competed in the road race at Edinburgh in 1970, as manager and Andrew as a competitor.

Mike Kelly (I) represented the Island at cycling in 1970, 1974 and 1978 while son Mark made the team in the same sport in 1998, 2002 and 2006. Mike carried the Manx flag at the opening ceremony in 1970 and Mark did the same in 1998.

Mike’s great uncle, Bill Kelly, carried the flag in 1958, the first time the Island took part in the Games.

Other husband and wife partnerships: Maureen and Roger Payne in 2002, Maureen as a lawn green bowls competitor and Roger as manager.

Pauline Kelly, mother of 1986 cycling competitor Mike (III), made her second Games appearance at lawn green bowling in 2006 with husband Mike acting as bowls manager.

Lara and Phil Ward, firstly Delhi and then again in Glasgow. In India, Lara was under the watchful eye of manager Peter Quirk while Phil was kept busy looking after the clays squad. He took on the same role in Scotland while Lara had Phil Glover as manager.

Clive and Bernice McGreal, manager and competitor respectively, at lawn green bowls, 2014.

Richard and Jacqui Fletcher have both represented the Island but not at the same Games.

Accomplished cycling all-rounder Jacqui rode the mountain bike race, women’s individual time trial and road race at Manchester while Richard rode the team time trial and road race at Edinburgh, 1986, and the road race at Victoria, Canada in 1994.

Steven Watterson, son of 1978 small-bore shooting bronze medal winner Stewart, was selected for the 2002 and 2010 Games for the 10m air rifle discipline.

Phil Glover, rifles manager, had small-bore shooter and daughter Rachel as one of his charges in Glasgow 2014.

The Anderson family have been a part of the Manx Games family since 1978. In that year, Pat represented the Island at badminton. Husband, Frank, was badminton manager at Edinburgh in 1986 and one of his team was son, Ian.

Frank was assistant general team manager at the Games in Victoria (1994) and Kuala Lumpur Games (1998), and in 2002 and 2006 at Manchester and Melbourne respectively.

Frank and Pat provided the much valued headquarters duties, rarely getting the opportunity to see a great deal of the action themselves. Frank was selected for a sixth time in 2014 when he was appointed badminton manager.

Postman Peter Kennaugh competed as a cyclist at Edinburgh in 1986 but sons Peter, a Sky professional team member, and Tim, a GB Olympic Academy rider based in Italy, decided not to compete on the track and road in Delhi, citing concerns over their health and safety. Happily, Peter Jnr represented the IoM in Glasgow.

Alex Hedges, who became the first gymnast to compete for the IoM in Melbourne, was joined by his younger sibling Adam at the Delhi Games.

Haresh Measuria was selected as gymnastics team manager for Delhi, delighted, no doubt, to have his son, Makunda under his wing. The family connection was extended in 2014 when Harsul Measuiria joined his father and brother in Glasgow.

Swimmer Olivia Rawlinson, at 13 the youngest ever competitor to represent the Island at the Games when she competed in Melbourne, had her mum Vicki as chaperone.

Clementine Kermode-Clague became the first woman to represent the IoM in a clays discipline when she took part in Olympic Trap event at the 2010 Games. She is the daughter of David Clague, who favoured the Skeet event and competed in Brisbane, Auckland, Manchester, Melbourne and Glasgow.

Badminton fielded a team in Delhi for the first time in 24 years, and there was a close family connection - manager Geoff Clague had daughter Kimberley as one of his charges.

Suzanne Brown, who swam at the 1990 Games in Auckland, NZ, was delighted when daughter Niamh Robinson, 14, was selected for the breaststroke, backstroke, butterfly and individual medley events in Glasgow.

Joe and Jake Kelly, both cyclists, followed in the footsteps of their illustrious grandfather, Roger (cycling, Cardiff 1958 and Perth 1962) when they were selected for Glasgow.

Orry Gray and his son, Tom, were team attaches, the former at Christchurch, NZ, in 1974, and the latter at Auckland, NZ in 1990.

Roche family
Racing Roches: Andrew (far right) made seven appearances for the IoM while father, Brian, alongside him, took part in the 1970 cycling road race and managed the 1994 cycling team, which included Andrew. Also pictured are Andrew’s wife Ashley and Andrew’s late mum, June
Clague and Harrop family
Two’s company: Clementine Kermode-Clague and father, David. He’s competed five times for the Island, starting in Brisbane in 1982. Clementine shot at the 2010 Games in Delhi
Happy times: Father and son Ian and Dane Harrop teamed up for the first time in Malaysia