Press Release

IIGA Executive Committee meet in Faroe Islands

Publication Date: Wed, 20 Mar 2013

NatWest Island Games in Bermuda 2013
NatWest Island Games in Jersey 2015

The Executive Committee (EC) of the International Island Games Association held its spring meeting in the Faroe Islands last week. Amongst the items the EC covered was the presentation of the outline plan for the Faroe Islands to become the Host Island for the Games in 2019 using the allocation process as decided by the membership at last year's Annual General Meeting.

"Faroe Islands, one of the original members of the IIGA, very successfully organised the Games in 1989. On behalf of the IIGA I am very happy that the Faroe Islands are ready to become a Host Island again", Jorgen Pettersson, Chairman of the IIGA commented.

Amongst the planned investments and improvements for 2019, Faroe Islands outlined plans for the construction of an 18 hole golf course in the capital Torshavn which will have a spectacular view over the sea.
"This will be a lasting legacy for the whole of the Faroe Islands and their tourist industry", Pettersson said.  The IIGA Committee met with the political leadership from both the Government and the Municipality of Torshavn, all very strong supporters of the Games.

Progress Reports from the Organising Committees for both the NatWest Island Games in Jersey 2015 and the Games in Gotland 2017 were presented to the Executive.

However the main focus of the meeting was the preparations for the NatWest Island Games in Bermuda this summer (13 - 19 July). Overall approximately 2,000 competitors and officials will take part in the first Games ever on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean.
"We are ready for a week of sport and will show our visitors the beauty of Bermuda and our love for sports", IIGA co-opted member Paul Scope commented.

NatWest representative Jerry Whitsey is also looking forward to the NatWest Island Games in Bermuda. "One of the reasons for the bank to be the title sponsor of the NatWest Island Games is the knowledge that the Association does in fact make a difference to the Member Island communities. The legacies are many and will for many years to come help to develop sports in the islands. We are bringing islands together in sport and in true friendship".

"The IIGA and the NatWest Island Games develop island and islanders in sport. Ever since 1985 "the Friendly Games" has brought islands and islanders together. This summer we will cross the Atlantic for the first time which will further broaden our perspective", Jorgen Pettersson commented.


More information, Chairman Jorgen Pettersson, tel +358 457 3135 640



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