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The ISLAND GAMES (currently known as the NATWEST ISLAND GAMES for sponsorship reasons) are an international multi-sports event organised by the International Island Games Association .

The most recent games were the 2017 Island Games held in Gotland
Gotland
, with around 3000 competitors from 23 competing islands or island groups competing in 14 sports.

The 2019 Island Games will take place in Gibraltar
Gibraltar
. Åland Alderney
Alderney
Guernsey
Guernsey
Sark
Sark
Jersey
Jersey
Faroe Islands
Faroe Islands
Frøya Gibraltar
Gibraltar
Gotland Hitra Isle of Man
Isle of Man
Isle of Wight
Isle of Wight
Menorca
Menorca
Orkney
Orkney
Rhodes
Rhodes
Saaremaa Shetland Western Isles Ynys Môn Greenland
Greenland
Bermuda
Bermuda
Cayman Islands
Cayman Islands
Saint Helena
Saint Helena
Falkland Islands
Falkland Islands
Locations of Island Games teams

CONTENTS

* 1 History * 2 Game venues * 3 Participation * 4 Sports * 5 Footnotes * 6 External links

HISTORY

The Island Games
Island Games
began in 1985 as the Inter-Island Games, as part of the Isle of Man
Isle of Man
International Year of Sport, and were intended to be a one-off sporting celebration only. Geoffrey Corlett, who became the first Games Director, not only contacted the islands surrounding the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
, but also encouraged the countries of Iceland
Iceland
and Malta
Malta
, the territories of Faroe Islands
Faroe Islands
, Greenland
Greenland
, Saint Helena
Saint Helena
, the Channel Islands
Channel Islands
and others to participate.

Initially, fifteen islands with 600 competitors and officials took part in seven sports, with the total cost of staging the Games being put at £ 70,000. The track and field events were held on an eight-lane grass track, a far cry from the current games, which now use synthetic tracks in stadiums capable of holding thousands of spectators. The Games of 1985 were so successful that organisers decided to hold a similar event two years later. The games have grown from strength to strength with limits now in place over the number of teams, currently 24 and the number of sports at each games, currently 14. Sark
Sark
could be considered the most successful island, their population of 600 having acquired 20 medals by 2015, one for every 30 people.

GAME VENUES

Faroese stamp to the 1989 Island Games: Rowing Football

YEAR GAMES HOST ISLAND Participating Islands ATHLETES SPORTS

1985 I Isle of Man
Isle of Man
15 700 7

1987 II Guernsey
Guernsey
18 1,049 9

1989 III Faroe Islands
Faroe Islands
15 800 11

1991 IV Åland 17 1,700 13

1993 V Isle of Wight
Isle of Wight
19 1,448 14

1995 VI Gibraltar
Gibraltar
18 1,214 13

1997 VII Jersey
Jersey
20 ~2,000 13

1999 VIII Gotland
Gotland
22 1,858 14

2001 IX Isle of Man
Isle of Man
22 2,020 15

2003 X Guernsey
Guernsey
23 2,129 15

2005 XI Shetland 24 ~2,400 14

2007 XII Rhodes
Rhodes
25 ~3,000 14

2009 XIII Åland 24 ~3,300 14

2011 XIV Isle of Wight
Isle of Wight
24 2,306 14

2013 XV Bermuda
Bermuda
22 1,127 14

2015 XVI Jersey
Jersey
24 ~3,000 14

2017 XVII Gotland
Gotland
23 ~3,000 14

2019 XVIII Gibraltar
Gibraltar

~2,000 14

2021 XIX Guernsey
Guernsey

~3,000

Guernsey
Guernsey
put in a bid for the 2021 games following the Faroe Islands' withdrawal from hosting. The bid was approved in July 2016.

Orkney
Orkney
have indicated that they are willing to play host for the 2023 games.

Ynys Môn are contemplating a bid for the 2025 games, the bid being mentioned by the MP for Ynys Môn in the House of Commons. So are the Isle of Man.

PARTICIPATION

A total of twenty-seven islands have participated in the Island Games, of which eleven islands have participated in every Island Games.

Island Games
Island Games
participants and total medals won ISLAND COUNTRY POPULATION YEARS GOLD SILVER BRONZE TOTAL

Åland Finnish autonomous province 28,666 1985– 157 172 155 484

Alderney
Alderney
British crown dependency 1,900 1987, 1993– 0 2 3 5

Bermuda
Bermuda
British overseas territory
British overseas territory
64,200 2003– 88 80 99 267

Cayman Islands
Cayman Islands
British overseas territory
British overseas territory
56,700 1999– 99 73 65 237

Falkland Islands
Falkland Islands
British overseas territory
British overseas territory
2,900 1993– 1 7 11 19

Faroe Islands
Faroe Islands
Autonomous country of the Kingdom of Denmark
Denmark
49,700 1985– 243 187 194 624

Frøya Norwegian municipality island 4,300 1985– 1 1 2 4

Gibraltar
Gibraltar
British overseas territory
British overseas territory
30,000 1987– 53 58 88 199

Gotland
Gotland
Swedish county 57,200 1985– 243 187 194 624

Greenland
Greenland
Autonomous country within the Kingdom of Denmark
Denmark
56,000 1989– 17 21 27 63

Guernsey
Guernsey
British crown dependency 65,800 1985– 382 392 429 1,203

Hitra Norwegian municipality island 4,250 1985–1989, 1997– 3 5 5 13

Isle of Man
Isle of Man
British crown dependency 84,500 1985– 413 396 407 1,216

Isle of Wight
Isle of Wight
English county
English county
138,400 1985– 160 154 190 504

Jersey
Jersey
British crown dependency 100,000 1985– 491 491 444 1,426

Menorca
Menorca
Spanish island 94,400 2007– 36 34 46 116

Orkney Islands Scottish council area 21,300 1985– 20 37 41 98

Rhodes
Rhodes
Greek island 115,500 1999–2011, 2015 51 44 43 138

Saaremaa Estonian island 31,000 1991– 77 86 77 238

Saint Helena
Saint Helena
British overseas territory
British overseas territory
4,250 1985–1987, 1997– 1 2 3 6

Sark
Sark
British crown dependency 600 1987–2011, 2015– 3 9 8 20

Shetland Islands Scottish council area 23,200 1985– 48 68 93 209

Western Isles Na h-Eileanan an Iar Scottish council area 27,400 2005– 17 13 22 49

Ynys Môn council area of Wales 69,700 1985– 27 33 46 106

Iceland
Iceland
Iceland
Iceland
329,000 1985–1997 50 45 41 136

Malta
Malta
Malta
Malta
445,000 1985–1987 6 2 2 10

Prince Edward Island
Prince Edward Island
Province of Canada
Canada
140,000 1991–2007 6 6 9 21

Islands marked in grey are no longer members of the Island Games.

SPORTS

The host country chooses between 12 and 14 different sports for their games from this list:

SPORT I II III IV V VI VII VIII IX X XI XII XIII XIV XV XVI TOTAL

XVII XVIII

Archery

Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y

Y 14

Y

Athletics Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 16

Y Y

Badminton Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y

Y Y Y Y 15

Y Y

Basketball

Y Y Y

Y Y Y Y Y 8

Y Y

Bowls (Indoor‡, Outdoor, or Ten Pin*) Y‡

Y*

Y‡

3

Y*

Cycling Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y

Y Y Y 15

Y Y

Football Y

Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 15

Y

Golf

Y Y

Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 12

Y

Gymnastics

Y Y Y Y Y

Y Y Y

Y

Y

10

Y Y

Judo

Y Y Y Y

Y Y

6

Y

Sailing (may include Sailboarding *)

Y* Y* Y* Y Y Y* Y* Y* Y* Y* Y* Y* 12

Shooting Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 16

Y Y

Squash

Y

Y Y

3

Y

Swimming Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 16

Y Y

Table Tennis

Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y

Y 14

Y Y

Tennis

Y Y Y Y Y Y Y

Y Y Y Y Y 12

Y Y

Triathlon

Y Y

Y

Y Y 5

Y Y

Volleyball (may include Beach Volleyball*) Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y* Y Y Y* Y* 16

Y* Y*

Total sports 7 9 11 13 14 13 13 14 15 15 14 14 14 14 14 14

14 14

FOOTNOTES

* ^ "Inaugural Inter- Island Games
Island Games
- Isle of Man
Isle of Man
1985". iiga.org. * ^ "The Games". Jersey2015.com. Retrieved 30 January 2015. * ^ " NatWest
NatWest
Island Games
Island Games
- Rhodes
Rhodes
2007 June 30th - July 6th". Rhodes
Rhodes
Results 2007. Retrieved 30 April 2017. * ^ "2017 sports". * ^ James Law. "BBC Sport - Island Games: Menorca
Menorca
pull out of hosting 2019 event". BBC Sport. * ^ "BBC Sport - Island Games: Gibraltar
Gibraltar
bid to host 2019 competition". BBC Sport. * ^ " Guernsey
Guernsey
to host the 2021 Island Games". IIGA. * ^ "2019 Island Games: Gibraltar
Gibraltar
axes football, cycling and volleyball". * ^ " Guernsey
Guernsey
to host 2021 Island Games". BBC News. 2 July 2016. Retrieved 4 July 2016. * ^ "Island Games: Guernsey
Guernsey
to bid to host 2021 event". 4 August 2015. * ^ " Orkney
Orkney
Willing to Host the Games!". 9 Dec 2013. * ^ "Anglesey\'s 2025 Island Games
Island Games
bid \'getting serious\'". 7 July 2015. * ^ "Commonwealth Games: Wales". Hansard. 16 March 2016. * ^ "Manx bid to host future Island Games". Manx radio. 11 July 2016.

EXTERNAL LINKS

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