The Western Isles Island Games Association (WIIGA) sponsored by The Scottish Salmon Company (SSC) has announced the final selection for the NatWest International Island Games this summer.
WIIGA will take a squad of 45 to the International event, which is hosted between 6 and 12 July this year by Gibraltar, competing in five sports - athletics, swimming, shooting, cycling and badminton. The Games provide island athletes with an opportunity to compete at a high-level international event, and are one of the biggest multi-sports events in this year’s global sporting calendar.
To mark the announcement SSC hosted a celebratory Breakfast for Champions for the WIIGA athletes at the Harris & Lewis Smokehouse in Stornoway, which was prepared by Phil Sim, Head Chef, alongside SSC Food Ambassador and Scotland’s National Chef Gary Maclean.
General Team Manager, Iain GG Campbell, said, “We are delighted to be able to announce the team at this stage. Continuing our aim to provide the opportunity for our most talented young athletes to compete at an international level, almost two thirds of the participants are under 25. The announcement of the squad is always eagerly awaited, and I would like to congratulate all those who have been selected.
“The standards at the Island Games are incredibly high with many top international athletes competing across the range of sports. Overall these Games will allow us to assist the development of a number of our younger athletes, with a sprinkling of more experienced athletes pushing to qualify for finals, and hopefully gain the odd medal here and there!”
Craig Anderson, Chief Executive of The Scottish Salmon Company, said: “We are very proud to sponsor the Western Isles Island Games Association for a fifth year as the team prepare to compete at this summer’s games in Gibraltar. With sites throughout the Western Isles we are passionate about promoting health and wellbeing and supporting the local communities where we live and work.
“Today’s team announcement is a significant milestone and I’m delighted WIIGA are marking the occasion at our new Harris & Lewis Smokehouse. We wish all of the WIIGA athletes and their teams the best of luck with their training and at the Games in July.”