Plaid Cymru Assembly Member for Ynys Mon Rhun ap Iorwerth has welcomed Isle of County Council’s majority decision to endorse and support the island’s bid to host the International Island Games in 2025.
The Full Council today (Tuesday, May 14th) agreed in principle to support a request from the Ynys Môn Bid Committee to underwrite the cost of hosting this international sporting event.
Ynys Môn is a founding member of the International Island Games Association having competed at the inaugural event on the Isle of Man in 1985. Once every two years, thousands of athletes from across the globe – from Scandinavia to the Mediterranean, North Atlantic to the Caribbean – visit a member island to compete.
I’m delighted that @angleseycouncil has agreed to underwrite Ynys Mon’s bid to host the International Island Games in 2025.
— Rhun ap Iorwerth (@RhunapIorwerth) May 14, 2019
In a question to the First Minister Mark Drakeford in the Assembly Chamber today, Mr ap Iorwerth said:
“I’m delighted that Isle of Anglesey County Council has agreed to underwrite Ynys Mon’s bid to host the International Island Games in 2025.
“I’m extremely grateful to the Welsh Government for already agreeing to give a substantial sum o money towards the bid. The Isle of Anglesey Charitable Trust has also provided a sum of money, as has the International Island Games Executive Committee.
“I’m very confident that, through private sources and through local fundraising on Anglesey we will ensure that we are able to stage a very successful Games in 2025, and I’m extremely grateful to the councillors for their support today.
“There is a fantastic opportunity through these games to leave a legacy for Anglesey in terms of physical activity and an interest in sport for decades to come.”