The International Island Games was founded in 1985 in the Isle Of Man and now includes 25 member islands who come together every 2 years to compete in a range of up to 14 sports selected by the host nation from an approved list of 18.
The initial idea was to provide an opportunity for young sportsmen and women from small island communities, to compete and enjoy international competition against other islanders with similar standards of performance, and also provide opportunities for cultural exchange and social interaction. The Festival was such a success that it was agreed to continue it every other year, with Guernsey hosting the Games in 1987 followed by the Faroe Islands, Aland, Isle of Wight, Gibraltar, Jersey, Gotland, Isle of Man, Guernsey, Shetland Is, Rhodes and Aland. The number of Islands members has grown substantially with the Games now hosting over 2000 competitors compared to the 700 participants in 1985.
International Island Games Association Website
XVII Island Games, Gibraltar 2019
If you or your swimmer(s) have any questions, please discuss with your respective Club coaches and/or Coach Bailey.
2011 Isle Of Wight
2001 Isle Of Man