The executive committee of the International Island Games Association (IIGA) met in Menora, the 25th member of the association, for the first time earlier this month.
IIGA chairman Jorgen Pettersson said: “Menorca, the newest member of the IIGA, which joined the organisation in 2005, has brought cultural diversity to the IIGA and many good sportsmen and women to the NatWest Island Games”.
At the meeting in Menorca the chairman of the organising committee of the NatWest Island Games 2009 in Åland, Dick Ekstrom, presented a detailed progress report.
“We are well prepared and looking forward to welcoming all our friends to our island to enjoy friendship and sport,” Mr Ekstrom said.
This year’s games, from 27th June to 4th, has attracted more competitors than ever before and is likely to be the biggest so far. Of the 25 competing islands, Jersey will bring the largest team with 251 people and St Helena will bring the smallest with just six.
Football is the most popular sport with over 500 competitors whilse only 20 windsurfers will compete in their discipline.
After Åland the Isle of Wight will be the host for the next games. The official launch of the 2011 event will take place on Thursday, 19th March.