Prince Edward Island Resigns from the IIGA
Publication Date: Thu, 02 Jun 2011
Sadly Prince Edward Island IGA has taken the decision to resign their membership of the International Island Games Association. Their letter of resignation was received by IIGA Chairman Jorgen Pettersson on 30 May 2011 and reads as follows:
"It is with deep regret that IGA PEI tenders its withdrawal as a member of the International Island Games Association. It has been a very difficult decision to make, but given the past attendance of IGA PEI in 2009 and our having to withdraw our teams from this year's 2011 NatWest Island Games, we feel it is the only honourable thing to do.
We are extremely grateful for the support provided to IGA PEI over the past years, and most specifically in the last couple of years as we have attempted, without success, to convince the present Provncial Government of the importance of their support, from a financial aspect, to assist athletes in the cost to attend this athletic and fellowship opportunity.
We wish the very best to all of you as the Isle of Wight hosts this year's NatWest Island Games and congratulate whichever Island is chosen to replace PEI.
Once again, we have enjoyed our memebeship and are proud of the success that the NatWest Island Games has become, a true accomplishment in the name of fellowship and sport at the highest level.
On behalf on the Board of Directors of IGAPEI
Alfred V. Groom
Jorgen Pettersson, Chairman of the IIGA commented: "We are very sad that Prince Edward Island has decided to leave our Family. They will be deeply missed by the rest of the membership".
Although the Association reached it membership limit following the acceptance of Menorca into the Games Family, several islands have expressed an interest in joining and the withdrawal of Prince Edward Island could, if the membership so wish, mean that a new island can be accepted into the Family. However this will be a matter for the new Executive Committee to look into in the months following the Closing Ceremony of the NatWest Island Games in the Isle of Wight, Jorgen Pettersson comments.