Jersey has a proud sporting tradition, and against all the odds a large number of islanders have risen to the top international levels of their chosen sports. The absence of competition at a high level, poor training facilities and the difficulty of travelling to events outside the island have failed to deter generations of sportsmen and women, some of whom have risen to become household names during and after their careers.
In addition the island has attracted numerous successful and wealthy competitors on the international stage, attracted by low taxation rates and good communications and today some of the top recent stars of golf and motor racing are among those who have made their homes in Jersey.
Harry Vardon is arguably Jersey's most successful sportsman on the international stage. He won golf's Open Championship a record six times and also won the US Open.
He was undoubtedly the top international golfer of his era, and just one of a number of outstanding players to start their careers on the Royal Jersey Golf Club links course on Grouville Common
Edythe Amy Macready, universally known as Dot, was Empire gold medallist at high diving in London in 1933, and a major celebraty in her native island of Jersey.
Graeme Le Saux
Jersey's most successful footballer on the world stage, Graeme Le Saux played professional football for Blackburn Rovers, Chelsea and Southampton, and represented England in 36 internationals.