Guernsey to host 2021 NatWest Island Games

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Guernsey have been confirmed as the host for the 2021 NatWest Island Games – becoming the first memeber island to complete a host hat-trick.

The news was revealed at The International Island Games Association (IIGA) Annual General Meeting in Gotland on Saturday, July 2.

Dame Mary Perkins, Chair of the Organising Committee, commented: “Guernsey is proud to have been selected to host the 2021 Island Games. The Island has twice been a former host of the Games, once in 1983 and again in 2003.  Many of the facilities required are already built and are of an international standard. Guernsey has strong support from their Government, both financially and in assisting in many ways to ensure the success for all athletes taking part.  

“We are looking forward to fostering and encouraging friendship with all our fellow island communities.  As Chair of the organising Committee, I look forward to selecting the team to making 2021 enjoyable and worthwhile to all our friends in the 24 member islands.”

During the visit to Gotland the Member Island delegates were shown the sporting venues and competitor accommodation which will be used at the NatWest Island Games 2017.

”Gotland is an experienced organiser and they have everything in place to make sure next year’s Games will be a fantastic event,” said Jörgen Pettersson, Chairman of the IIGA.

Also at the AGM, Gibraltar announced two additional sports for the NatWest Island Games 2019, Beach Volleyball and Road Cycling.

Linda Alvarez, Chairman of the 2019 Organising Committee said: ”Gibraltar initially only included the sports we were totally confident of hosting successfully. A feasibility study had to be carried out regarding cycling.

“Both beach volleyball and cycling are relatively new to our island games association sports and we are pleased to be able to include them to help with their continued development.”

For more information on next summer’s Games visit: http://islandgames2017.com/