Isle of Man Post Office (IOMPO) is celebrating the 125th anniversary of the Summer Olympic Games with a set of 12 stamps commemorating the great achievements of six Island trained Manx Men and Women as well as six non-Manx competitors to represent the outstanding achievements of Team GB.
The artwork for all 12 stamps was commissioned by Team GB and have been designed into stamps by local designer Emma Cooke of EJC Design. Featured are Manx Athletes Mark Cavendish MBE, Tim Kneale, Marie Morgan (previously Purvis), Maurice Herriott, Peter Kennaugh MBE and Sidney Swann. In choosing the six additional Olympians to sit alongside the Isle of Man based athletes, inspiration was taken from the British Olympic Association’s Greatest British Olympians of all time. Adam Peaty MBE, Sir Andy Murray MBE, Dame Kelly Holmes DBE, Sir Mo Farah CBE, Sir Steve Redgrave CBE DL and Rebecca Adlington OBE made our final list.
The 2020 Summer Olympics opening ceremony is scheduled to take place on 23 July 2021 at Olympic Stadium, Tokyo, by the time of the closing ceremony on the 8th August we feel sure many more Team GB athletes will become Great British Olympians
Paul Ellis, Head of Retail and Licensing Team GB said: “It is a great privilege to work with the Isle of Man Post Office to celebrate 125 years of British Olympians going to the Games. As more athletes join this unique set of individuals ahead of Tokyo 2020, we are delighted to showcase this illustrated collection and re-tell some of the classic stories from our history.”
Maxine Cannon, General Manager Isle of Man Stamps & Coins, said: “We are very proud of all Team GB athletes and especially those from our Island in such a prestigious event as the Olympics. We hope that by commemorating all of their amazing achievements, we can help inspire the next generation of athletes to represent our Island through Team GB. It is an honour to continue our longstanding association with the British Olympic Association. Our special thanks go out to Team GB, who have not only provided us with the imagery for this fantastic stamp issue, but also the excitement and memories.”
All 12 stamps will be available as Set, Sheet Set, Presentation Pack (limited to 3000), First Day Cover (limited to 5000), Booklet Pane and a special 28 page Prestige Booklet featuring an additional 24 labels of iconic Olympians: Philip Bowden-Smith, Queenie Newall, Lord Sebastian Coe, Daley Thompson, Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill, Amir Khan, Nick Skelton, Eric Lidell, Nicola Adams, Malcolm Cooper, Sir Ben Ainslie, Jade Jones, Alison Williamson, Sir Chris Hoy, Mary Peters, Steven Paul, Charlotte Dujardin, Alistair Brownlee, Tom Daley, Noel Chavasse, Tessa Sanderson, Chris Boardman, Kulbir Bhaura and Kate Howey. For more information on all products visit www.iompost.com/olympics125.