Pál Joensen happy after winning the 2007 Natwest Island Games 1500 freestyle on the Greek island of Rhodes. His time was 15:48.25 (short course meters), ahead of Guernsey’s Jonathon Le Noury in 16:11.23 and Jersey’s Samuel Fernandes in 16:21.16. He also won the 200 and 400 freestyle in 1:53.60 and
15:48.25 4:00.23 respectively.
The International Island Games is a biannual competition born in the Isle of Man in 1985, bringing together a number of small islands from as far as Faroe Islands over Åland in Finland to the Falkland Islands in the South Atlantic. A festival of sports with swimming as one of the traditional inclusions, which we the Faroese have participated in since its beginning. Next Games will be in Bermuda in 2013.
Pál has participated ever since those Rhodes games, in Åland in 2009 and Isle of Wight in 2011, and one of the most winning athletes there ever (if not the most winning). Other renowned swimmers are for instance Great Britain’s 50 meter breaststroke record holder Darren Mew from the Isle of Wight, and Sweden’s Ida Sandin from Gotland.