Zane Duquemin will compete at his fourth Commonwealth Games ©Getty Images

Jersey has named its first 16 athletes for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, with representatives set to compete in six sports.

The Commonwealth Games Association of Jersey (CGAJ) revealed that its Validation Sub-Committee reviewed applications from local sports bodies, who had put forward athletes for consideration.

The Sub-Committee evaluated athletes in the sports of athletics, swimming, gymnastics, triathlon, cycling and lawn bowls, assessing their results and achievements in the first qualification phase of the performance pathway.

A five-member lawn bowls squad has been selected to date, featuring three of their representatives from the Gold Coast 2018.

Derek Boswell, Ross Davis and Malcolm de Sousa competed in the men’s triples event at the Games, with the latter also participating in the singles.

Boswell and de Sousa will be competing in their fourth Commonwealth Games.

Greg Davis will participate at the Games for the second time in his career, while Scott Ruderham will make his debut.

Zane Duquemin will compete at his fourth Games in the men’s discus, hoping to improve on his ninth place from Gold Coast 2018.

His sister Shadine Duquemin will make her second appearance in the women’s event, having competed at Glasgow 2014.

Four cyclists have been selected for the Games, with Bahamas 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games graduate Rhys Pilley set to become the second male track cyclist to represent Jersey, the largest of the Channel Islands 

Pilley will compete in the men’s individual pursuit.

Rhys Hidrio will participate for the second time in mountain biking at the Games, while Jack Rebours and Dean Robson will compete in the men’s individual time trial event.

Gold Coast 2018 swimmers Harry Shalamon and Gemma Atherley have been selected, with the duo having spent time competing in the United States since the Games.

Robbie Jones has also been selected, despite the challenge of finding competitions during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Rhys Hidrio is one of four cyclists selected to represent Jersey at the Games ©Getty Images
Rhys Hidrio is one of four cyclists selected to represent Jersey at the Games ©Getty Images

London-based gymnast Daniel Lee completes Jersey’s initial selections for next year’s Games.

Lee competed in the men’s all-around event at Gold Coast 2018.

"I warmly congratulate the 16 athletes that have so far been selected to represent Jersey," said Paul du Feu, Continuum Pathway performance manager.

"With 12 having been to a senior Games at least once, two having worked with us at a Youth Games and two new faces, we feel Jersey has the foundation of an excellent team for 2022.

"We look forward to receiving the next tranche of nominations from our sports as we continue to build towards next summer’s Games.

"We must also thank our performance pathway sponsors Continuum for their ongoing support.”

The CGAJ has 30 open allocation slots available for Birmingham 2022, meaning 14 spots can be filled by athletes on their senior or development pathways.

Du Feu revealed that they were working with the Jersey Table Tennis Association and Commonwealth Games Federation, after table tennis was deemed internationally as a qualification sport.

The CGAJ claimed it has made its concerns clear, adding that it would "strive to ensure our players get a fair chance of selection".

Jersey was represented by 33 athletes at Gold Coast 2018 but failed to win a medal for the seventh consecutive Commonwealth Games.

The self-governing dependency of the United Kingdom last won a medal at Auckland 1990 when Colin Mallett won gold in the full bore rifle event and a bronze with his brother Clifford in the full bore rifle pairs.

Jersey has won a total of four Commonwealth Games medals, having also won bronze at Perth 1962 and Edinburgh 1986.