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The objective of the Gibraltar Institute of Sport (GIS) is to foster athletic advancement, coaching excellence and support services for athletes, coaches and staff.

Empowering coaches athletes to achieve excellence through a dedicated platform fostering community knowledge-sharing and personalized support to develop growth and success.

Our Goal: to help Gibraltarian athletes succeed consistently, including events like the Island Games and Commonwealth Games. We aim to inspire future generations by building strong systems for success.

The GIS works collaboratively and strategically to improve sports and education in Gibraltar.

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Our Vision

To create an environment that encourages and support athletes ability in reaching their potential.

Our Mission

POTENTIAL > PERFORMANCE > PODIUM

To provide a learning experience equipping athletes and coaches, enhancing their skills through training programs, promoting commitment to collaborate with Sports Associations

Our Mission is to:

  • Deliver high quality programs that provide opportunities for all athletes to work towards their potential. GIS will enhance the sporting opportunities of athletes by providing holistic and innovative programmes.
  • Provide an effective and culturally relevant environment which meets the needs of the individual, the sports associations and the wider Gibraltarian community.
  • Deliver engaging, fulfilling and targeted programs to ensure a good work life balance for athletes’.
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Our Strategy

GIS will collaborate with our partners and stakeholders to provide comprehensive support for identified athletes, including testing, analysis, coaching access, well-being assistance, and other sports science services, all aimed at obtaining positive outcomes for athletes in Gibraltar.

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Our Home

The GIS is based at Europa Sports Park and is home to a number of Sports Associations Badminton, Combat Sports, Cricket, Gymnastics, Rugby and Squash. There are additional services at the Lathbury Sports Complex (home of Gibraltar Athletics, Gibraltar Swimming and Gibraltar Triathlon).

Our Facilities

The GIS is based at Europa Sport Park located at Europa Point.  We also have access to world class sport facilities such as 50m pool, 400m track, pistol, clay & target shooting facilities, darts centre and beach volleyball courts.

Europa Sports Park 

  • 4G Fields (Polytan field for rugby, Cricket and football)
  • Indoor Sports Hall (Taraflex floor for badminton, futsal, basketball, netball and rhythmic gymnastics)
  • Strength & Conditioning Gym (2 x levels with free weights, lifting platforms, fixed weight & cardio machines)
  • Squash courts (6 x courts which can be converted into 2 x doubles courts)
  • Darts Centre (10 x boards)
  • Indoor Cricket Nets
  • Cafe & Function Room
  • Meeting Room

Lathbury Sports Complex

  • 400m Track & Field (long jump, high jump. discuss, shot put)
  • 50m Pool (can be converted into 2 x 25m pools)
  • Meeting Room
  • Lecture Room

Shooting Ranges

  • Clay Target Range
  • Pistol Range
  • Target Shooting Range

Our Patron

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Lady Mary Peters

Patron

Lady Mary Peters LGCHDBEDLDStJRNR won the gold medal in the 1972 Summer Olympics in the women’s pentathlon, having finished 4th in 1964 and 9th in 1968. To win the gold medal, she narrowly beat the local favourite, Heide Rosendahl.

She represented Northern Ireland at every Commonwealth Games between 1958 and 1974. In these games she won 2 gold medals for the pentathlon, plus a gold and silver medal for the shot put.

She was appointed CBE in 1990, having been appointed MBE in 1972. In 2000 she was appointed Dame Commander of the British Empire, the year in which Denise Lewis won gold in the women’s multi-discipline event, now the heptathlon. In April 2009 she became Lord Lieutenant of the City of Belfast. Mary Peters was named as Lady Companion of the Order of the Garter on 27 February 2019. She was installed in St. George’s Chapel, the chapel of the Order, on Garter Day, 17 June.

Northern Ireland’s premier athletics track, on the outskirts of Belfast, is called the Mary Peters Track in her honour. At the same time Mary set up the Mary Peters Trust which has helped over 5,000 young sportspeople since its inception in 1975. The Trust has funded Olympic, Paralympic. Commonwealth and European Champions,  it means Mary understands the benefits of the Gibraltar Institute of Sport and the help that young sportspeople need.

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Kim Baglietto

GIS Ambassador

Kim was awarded GBC Sports Personality of the year 2016.

She holds the Gibraltar National Marathon record, achieved in Seville in a time of 2.59. 50 seconds, a great achievement for her first attempt.

Kim also holds the National records for:

  • 800 metre
  • 1,500 metres
  • 5,000 metres
  • 10,000 metres
  • Half marathon
“Never underestimate the power of consistent effort”
Kim Baglietto

Our Board

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Haig Oundjian OLY

Chairman

Haig is a former British figure skater who went on to become Champion of Great Britain three times, European Free Skating Champion and bronze medallist, top five in the world and represented Great Britain in two Winter Olympic Games.

He entered the Guinness Book of World Records in 1971 for the triple lutz jump and was voted Winter Sportsman of the Year and then nominated for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year in 1971. Also winner of the European and World Trophies in 1970 and 1971.   Along with Sir Elton John, Haig initiated the flotation of Watford Leisure PLC and served as vice chairman and later as chairman of the board of Watford FC.

In 1998 he founded the Harefield Academy, which was the realisation of a personal dream and mission of creating a ‘state’ school which would allow all the opportunities to British children that he had seen in the many countries where he had lived.

Haig lives in Gibraltar and spends his time travelling between the UK, Canada and the Rock with his wife and daughters.

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Martin Weigold

Non Executive Director

Martin has a wealth of financial and management experience, currently serving as CFO of Newcross Healthcare and having previously served as CFO of a number of publicly listed companies in the UK and Europe. He is also Chairman of Gibraltar Vault.

Prior to this, he served as Vice President of Finance for Walt Disney Television International, Assistant Director at Proven Private Equity, and was also a management consultant with Arthur Andersen.

Martin holds a BSc in Economics and Accounting from Bristol University and is a Chartered Accountant.

He lives in Gibraltar, with his two sons. Martin enjoys travel and racing and is an avid classic car collector.

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Peter Cabezutto

Non Executive Director

Peter holds a business degree from London. After completing his degree he started working in the tourism and petroleum sectors. Peter eventually moved into his families construction business, which now focuses on architecture and development.

Peter is from Gibraltar and is an avid sports follower who has been very involved in all the aspects of local sport from playing to his current position as President of Europa FC. The club is very community focused, using sport to give back to the community and to improve peoples lives. Europa FC has teams competing across a myriad of sports, including football, hockey, netball and basketball.

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Joslyn Hoyte-Smith MBE OLY

Director of Sport Performance

Joslyn has over 20 years of experience in high performance sport. She is a double Olympian and Commonwealth Games medallist. She is the Chair of the GB Olympians, the national association for Great Britain Olympic athletes.

Joslyn has spent 11 years managing the English Institute of Sport (EIS) High Performance Centres in London, Milton Keynes and four other sites as Operations Manager. She was also the Performance Manager for the British Paralympic Association. She is also a qualified teacher, mentor and life coach.

Joslyn holds a Master’s degree in Drugs and Social Exclusion and a Bsc in Occupational Health.