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IIGA General Secretary announces her retirement

Thu, 01 May 2014

The International Island Games Association (IIGA) General Secretary Kay Batty, has announced her intention to step down from her post at the end of August 2014.

Kay's involvement within the IIGA spans almost 30 years.  She officiated at the swimming competition at the inaugural "Inter Island" Games in the Isle of Man in 1985, and then attended every Games from 1989 to 2001 as a coach to the Isle of Man swim team. In 1999 she was appointed Assistant to the IIGA General Secretary and during 2000 she was appointed into her current role as General Secretary.

Kay said “It is with deep regret that I have made this decision, but with the Organising Committee for the 2015 NatWest Island Games in Jersey being so well prepared it will make for an easier transition for my successor. With the Games having been such a big part of my life for so long I will miss my involvement tremendously – over the years the IIGA has become like a second family to me.  It would take too long to thank individuals so I will just give my sincere thanks to everyone who has made this time so enjoyable and rewarding. “

IIGA Chairman Jörgen Pettersson paid tribute to the work of the outgoing General Secretary. ”Kay has been essential for the development of the International Island Games Association and the success of the NatWest Island Games. With a deep and genuine interest and knowledge in sport and administration she has contributed to the stability and the progress of the Games”.

IIGA Vice Chairman James Johnston said “Kay has been a committed, enthusiastic and hardworking member of staff, who will naturally be missed. The difficult task to find a replacement for Kay will commence shortly and further information will be available through our website”.