|Event|| Gibraltar 2019 Island Games
|Start Date||6 July 2019|
|End Date||12 July 2019|
The countdown has begun. In less than four months, athletes, coaches and fans from all over the world will arrive at the Rock on the occasion of the International Gibraltar 2019 Island Games Live Stream (2019 Natwest International Island Games).
Gibraltar 2019 Island Games Live Stream History
It will be the first time that Gibraltar has organized this event since the ‘Sunshine’ Games of 1995 (as they were affectionately called) more than two decades ago. A very different games than now …
The first Island Games were held on the Isle of Man in 1985. It was an exciting and ambitious idea aimed at bringing together athletes from small islands around the world to participate in a new sporting event. On that occasion, 700 participants from 15 islands competed.
It was there that the then president of the Gibraltar Amateur Athletics Association (GAAA, Athletics Association of Gibraltar), Freddie Chappory, asked the International Island Games Association (IIGA, the International Association of the Games of the Islands) to include Gibraltar as participating country, since at that time its border with Spain was closed due to political tensions. Nobody came in or left.
Indeed, the Rock was an island. After some deliberation, his request was approved.
Ten years later the sixth edition of the Games of the Islands was held in Gibraltar. For many of the participants who came from 17 visiting countries, the terrain and the increasing heat of the month of July was a new experience. Some came from islands that are much further north and are characterized by a much colder climate.
As for the facilities, the GASA pool was built (still in use today). The Lathbury military installations, which had previously been used as a training ground for the Royal Navy, were equipped with bunk beds to accommodate the 1,000 athletes and assistants.
The week went smoothly as Jersey topped the medal table.
The current edition of the Islands Games 2019 has advanced by leaps and bounds. The Games have become “mini-Olympics” and an essential sporting event for the sports communities of the islands games 2019 live stream.
Young athletes dedicate themselves for months, and even years, to their sport with the goal of being elected and representing their country. At present this event is more important than ever and this summer the Rock awaits the arrival of approximately 3,000 people for the Games.
The calm before the storm … The hotels are already reserved in their entirety, one of the Gibraltarian schools will be used as a dining room and the traffic will also have to be adapted for that week.
The Olympic Village will be located at the southernmost point of Gibraltar, at Europa Point. The Games will have fourteen sports and currently two new sports facilities are being built.
The largest one in Lathbury will have an eight lane track, a shooting range, football and rugby fields and an Olympic size pool of 52 meters.
The objective, according to Sports Minister Steven Linares, is that “be part of the legacy of Gibraltar once the Games of the Islands end,” which is an investment for the future. The award ceremony will be held every night at Casemates Square.
During the day it will be an entertainment and information center. The environment will be full of activity and energy. The Gibraltar Island Games Association (GIGA) has made it very clear: it wants everyone to participate and to promote a true sense of community in the Rock.
But although there is still much to be done, President Linda Alvarez has stressed that there is much to look forward to: “The Gibraltar 2019 Island Games Live Stream have truly grown in size and relevance, and together with the Olympic Games and those of the Commonwealth, are the next largest multi-sport international competition, it’s a great initiative! ”
This summer sports event will focus mainly on sustainability and the Gibraltar 2019 Island Games Live Stream will be developed without using plastic products.
Water bottles made of aluminum, cotton backpacks or bamboo cutlery are just some of the measures that Gibraltar is implementing to achieve a cleaner environment and be an example to follow for the rest of the world.