NATWEST ISLAND GAMES was arranged first in 1985 on Isle of Man in the UK. The aim was to create an event to strenghten the ties between islands around the world, where athletes were given an opportunity to compete internationally. At the time, the games were intended as a one-off evenet for the 700 contestants from 15 islands, competing in seven different events. But the games where such a huge success that the organisers decided to turn into a recurring event.
THE NATWEST ISLAND GAMES now takes place every two years and this is the second time Gotland has been given the honour of hosting them (the last time was in 1999). To participate in the games, you must be born on one of the member islands or have lived there for at least 12 months before the games. The number of contestants has grown to 3.000 athletes from 24 islands, who will fight it out in a total of 14 events. The events are chosen by the hosting island. Get ready for a multi-sport event and a public celebration that is hard to beat, with scores of events, activites and expectant visitors in Visby and its surroundings. And the best part? It costs 0 SEK to watch all the events and matches!