International Island Games Association
The NatWest Island Games have produced many sports stars who have gone on
to shine at Olympic and Commonwealth levels. Among these talented sports men
and women are Kelly Sotherton (Isle of Wight), the Olympic bronze medal winning
heptathlete; Simon Militis (Jersey) and Darren Mew (Isle of Wight), arch rivals
in the pool throughout the 1990’s, who both represented Great Britain
in Sydney and in Manchester, with Militis winning a Commonwealth Games bronze
medal; Mattias Sunneborn (Gotland) who won a long jump world indoor silver
medal; and Carl Prean (Isle of Wight), one of the world’s top ten table
The 25 Member Islands of the IGA are:
Aland, Alderney, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Falkland Islands, Faroe Islands,
Froya, Gibraltar, Gotland, Greenland, Guernsey, Hitra, Isle of Man, Isle of
Wight, Jersey, Menorca, Orkney, Prince Edward Island, Rhodes
Saaremaa, Sark, Shetland, St. Helena, Western Isles, Ynys Mon.
Sports for the NatWest Island Games:
A list of 18 set down by the IGA: Archery, Athletics, Badminton, Basketball,
Bowling, Cycling, Golf, Gymnastics, Judo, Football, , Sailing, Shooting, Squash,
Swimming, Table Tennis, Tennis, Triathlon and Volleyball.
of the NatWest Island Games
The Island Games were established in the Isle of Man in 1985. Following the
success of the event, the International Island Games Association (IGA) was
formed to provide an opportunity for athletes from island communities, with
a population of less than 120,000, to compete at international level, whilst
fostering strong cultural exchanges and lifelong friendships. Initially 700
competitors from 15 islands took part in 7 sports. Guernsey hosted the Games
in 1987 and they have subsequently been held in the Faroe Islands, Aland,
Isle of Wight, Gibraltar, Jersey, Gotland, Isle of Man, Guernsey and Shetland.
hosted the games in 2007.