30 May 2019
Gibraltar Post has issued details of ten new stamps that celebrate the XVIII Gibraltar Island Games to be held in Gibraltar this summer.
The Gibraltar 2019 NatWest International Island Games XVIII will be held from 6th to 12th July 2019. The games are held every two years and involve thousands of athletes from around the world.
The ten stamps, designed by Stephen Perera, feature various sports from the games.
The games started in 1985, as part of the Year of Sport. The Isle of Man set in motion a plan to bring together athletes from small islands across the world to take part in a new sporting festival — the ‘Inter-Island Games’. After a week of events in eight different sports the festival was deemed such a success it was agreed to continue it every other year, with the second Games to be held in Guernsey in 1987.
Over the years the Games travelled to the Faroe Islands, Áland, the Isle of Wight, Gibraltar, Jersey, Isle of Man, Guernsey, Shetlands, Rhodes, Aland, Isle of Wight, Bermuda, Jersey and Gotland. Gibraltar originally held the games in 1995 dubbed “the Sunshine games”.
The 2019 games were awarded to Gibraltar in Jersey in 2015. 14 sports will be contested with 193 events. Over 2,200 athletes and officials are expected to attend.
Issue date: 25 April 2019
Design: Stephen Perera
Illustrations: Leslie Gaduzo
Printer: Cartor Security Printers
Print process: Offset lithography
Stamp size: 50mm x 30mm
To order the stamps, visit the website.
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