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Gotland 2017 Island Games

Isle of Wight Island Games Team

  • 30.80% funded
  • £ 4,620.00 pledged
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The NatWest International Island Games started in 1985 in 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 but unlike other Islands, we don’t have central or government funding.

It will cost in the region of £1000 per person to send our team of around 150  to the games in Gotland (Sweden) next summer most of which will be self funded.

We are appealing to the public and businesses of the Isle of Wight to help fund their team getting to the games.

In short, we want the Isle Of Wight, Island Games Team to be powered into the Gotland 2017 games by the whole of our Island.

Island Games Explained

The games have been dubbed as the “Small Island’s 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.

The games give Island Sports men and women 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.

They inspire those who compete to do their very best for their sport and their home island and have proved to be a good stepping stone to high level international success.

Team Isle Of Wight

The Isle of Wight is ranked 6th in the all-time Island Games Medal table, with a total of 504 medals, including 160 Golds.

We are the only English Island that take part in these games and IOW competitors have gone on from the Island Games to achieve success at European, Commonwealth, World and Olympic levels including:

  • Kelly Sotherton (Athletics)
  • Darren Mew (Swimming)
  • Richard Wilson (Shooting)
  • Jess Andrews (Athletics)

Several recent Team IOW members – in sports such as Sailing, Shooting, Skeleton and Athletics  - are now in Team GB national squads heading towards future Commonwealth and Olympic Games.

Through your support you will be helping the current crop of Island sporting talent from all parts of the Island take their first steps on the international stage.

All donations will be spread equally across the whole Isle Of Wight Island Games team.

Thank you for becoming part of Team Isle of Wight.

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