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The 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 tennis players.

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.
Island Games in Rhodes
History 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.

Rhodes hosted the games in 2007.

XII Island games, Rhodes 2007
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