Anglesey Team heads for 2007 Rhodes Island Games
At the end of May the 2007 Island Games in Rhodes will welcome one hundred competitors from Anglesey who are competing in the 12th Games of this international biennial event.
This is the culmination of many months of behind the scenes preparation, training and fund raising.
A number of local organisations and individuals have pledged their support for this prestigious event by offering sponsorship or donating prizes for various fundraising events held over recent months.
The Anglesey Island Games Association thanks them all.
Anyone interested in contributing to sponsorship or donating prizes for a fund raising auction to be held in June should contact Barry Edwards on 01248 421062 or 07814 393348.
Anglesey will be represented in archery, athletics, basketball, bowling, cycling, football, golf, sailing, shooting, swimming, tennis and triathlon and competitors range in age from 12/13 up to more senior participants.
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The Inter Island Games started in the Isle of Man in 1985 and they have taken place every two years since. In fact, Anglesey did make a bid for the 2009 event, which was eventually secured by Aland, an island between Sweden and Finland.
The aim was to bring together young sports people from small islands from across the world in friendly international competition, as part of the Isle of Man Year of Sport.
A total of 15 islands took part, with competitors from as far afield as Iceland and Scandinavia in the Northern Hemisphere and St Helena in the South Atlantic.
Other benefits arising from such a sporting event are opportunities for cultural appreciation and social interaction with visiting teams. There is also the opportunity to establish lifelong friendships with fellow islanders.
The number of islands involved continues to rise significantly so that now no fewer than 25 islands including Rhodes, Cayman and Bermuda are members of the International Island Games Association.
Anglesey has been involved since the 1985 Games and the last Games were held on the Shetland Islands in 2005. On that occasion Anglesey secured 4 Gold, 2 Silver and 2 Bronze Medals.
The spirt of the Games can be exemplified by the 17 strong contingent from the South Atlantic Island of St Helena who left home three weeks before the Shetland Isles Games began.
Let us also commend the Falkland Islands squad who undertook an 8,000 mile journey, not to mention a travel bill of £2,500 for each athlete.
All the best from Anglesey Informer to our team in the 2007 Rhodes Island Games and do watch out for how long you stay exposed to the sun.
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