Island Games 2025 bid gaining momentum
ANGLESEY’S bid to host the 2025 NatWest International Island Games – a competition often dubbed the Mini Olympics – is set to reach another milestone as the island’s facilities undergo a final formal inspection with the island’s bid to host the Games at an advanced stage.
A delegation from the International Island Games (IIGA) Executive Committee descended upon Ynys Mon on October 10-11 to formally assess the sporting and accommodation facilities on the island, and were given a tour of the island by the Ynys Môn 2025 Bid Committee, as well as meeting with National Governing Bodies of sports and senior national and local government officials.
The visit is one of the final steps in Ynys Môn’s bid to host the 2025 games, with the final bid document being presented to the IIGA in March 2020, before the 2025 Bid Committee present to member islands at an IIGA AGM in Guernsey in July 2020, with a decision to be reached soon afterwards on whether or not Ynys Môn will succeed in their bid to host the Games.
Ynys Môn 2025 bid committee chair Gareth Parry said: “This is a very exciting milestone for our bid to host the International Island Games in 2025.
“We are in a good position with our bid document preparations and this visit will take us one step closer to realising our ambition of hosting the games – one of the biggest sporting events in the world – in 2025.
“It is a final opportunity for the IIGA Executive Committee to see what Ynys Môn has to offer, and we are confident that they will leave the island reassured that we have what it takes to deliver a successful Games in six years’ time.
“It is also an opportunity for us to reflect with the IIGA on a very successful Inter Island Games football competition hosted on the island this summer.
“Football is the biggest competition of the games in terms of participant numbers, and our tournament was a major success, which we are sure will give the Executive Committee further confidence in our abilities to host the full games in 2025.”
The most recent games was this year which took place in Gibraltar, with around 2,000 competitors from 22 competing islands or island groups competing in 14 sports.
The next Island Games will be hosted by Guernsey in 2021 with Orkney taking over in 2023.
● Anglesey’s team at the Island Games in Bermuda in 2013