The NatWest International Island Games started in 1985
on the Isle of Man and have taken place every 2 years since then. The Isle of Wight is a founder member and two-time host of the Games (1993 and 2011).
The games have been dubbed by the media as the “Small Islands Olympics” and now comprises around 3000
competitors from 24
different Islands in 14
different sports, taking place over the course of 7 days.
This is the only international multi-sport event at which competitors from the Isle of Wight can compete for their Island in its own right, rather than being part of a larger nation such as England or GB.
The games give Island sportsmen and sportswomen a unique chance to experience international competition in a multi sport games where they can compete alongside and against some of the very best in sport.The Isle of Wight Island Games Association’s objectives are:
a) To foster and encourage friendship through sporting activities between Island communities and to provide opportunities for sportsmen and sportswomen of the Isle of Wight to participate in international sport.
b) To coordinate administrative and ﬁnancial arrangements to enable an Isle of Wight representative team to participate every two years in the International Island Games. We are affiliated to the International Island Games Association http://www.iiga.org