The Island Games is a biennial international multi-sports event organised by the International Island Games Association. It provides an opportunity for residents and natives of small islands around the world to compete in a variety of sports. The 2017 renewal is to be held on the beautiful island of Gotland, the largest of Sweden’s islands and enveloped by the Baltic Sea.
The most recent games were held in Jersey in 2015, and around 3000 competitors from 24 competing islands or island groups took part in 14 sports, but its origins were much more humble. It began in 1985, intended as a one-off event as part of the Isle of Man International Year of Sport. The idea was simply to provide an opportunity for athletes from the different islands to compete on an international stage, to realise their dreams, and to forge links and bonds between the different islands.
As well as islands off the UK such as the Channel Islands, others including Iceland, Malta, the Faroe Islands were invited to take part, and the inaugural ‘one off’ event was such a success that it was held again two years later, this time in Guernsey – and it has never looked back.
It has, however, remained a humble and down-to-earth event, and competitors and teams always pay their own way.
When over 3,000 competitors and coaches from 23 islands flock to Gotland, great demands will be placed on organisers and the island’s infrastructure. Whether a behemoth like the Olympics or the little old Island Games, volunteers are the lifeblood of these events. Organisers hope as many of the islanders as possible will get involved, creating a unique and comradely atmosphere. But since the island is so small (with a population of around 57,000) they are hoping to attract people from further afield – perhaps incorporating a spell of volunteering into a holiday with a difference.
There will be a whole host of roles to fill, and whether it’s just for a few days or the full week, you will be welcomed as a part of the team. If you fancy getting involved in the 2017 Natwest Island Games, contact Johan Lindvall on +46 70 713 34 35 or via email on firstname.lastname@example.org.
KUDOS is delighted to get involved with the 2017 event and we are honoured to be supplying the Isle of Wight team kit, as well as a number of other teams. The countdown to the Games starts here.
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KUDOS is keen to encourage people from all backgrounds to take part in sporting activity at any level.
KUDOS SPORTS – A LEADING SUPPLIER OF CUSTOM SPORTS KIT
KUDOS is proud to supply kit to a range of sports clubs across the country, including Archery GB and the Isle of Wight Island Games team – custom teamwear and custom kit that is built for performance and worn with pride.