The 2019 Western Isles Island Games Association (WIIGA) Squad are celebrating a successful week of high-level competition at the International Island Games XVIII in Gibraltar.
The team, sponsored by The Scottish Salmon Company (SSC), returned with four Gold medals; two Silver medals; and two Bronze medals, finishing twelfth in the medal table and top amongst all Scottish Islands for the third Games running.
A total squad of 43, including coaches, management team and physios, represented the Western Isles at the biennial event, with 34 participants competing in five different sports – Athletics, Badminton, Cycling (Road), Shooting (ABT, OT & Olympic Skeet) and Swimming. 21 of the participants were under 23 years of age.
The medallists were as follows:
Kara Hanlon – 50m Breaststroke, Gold (Games Record); 200m Breaststroke, Gold (Games Record); 100m Breaststroke, Gold (Games Record); 100m Individual Medley, Gold; 200m Individual Medley, Silver.
Isla Budge – 400m Freestyle, Bronze.
Mary Macleod – Triple Jump, Silver.
Heather Mackinnon – Triple Jump, Bronze.
WIIGA’s membership of the International Island Games Association (IIGA) provides islands sportspeople with access to one of the biggest international multi-sport events in the world and is the highest level many of them will have the opportunity to compete at. The squad come face to face with Olympians, Commonwealth Games athletes, UEFA/FIFA recognised football teams, professional cyclists.
Prior to leaving for Gibraltar, SSC presented the WIIGA squad with their official kit and hosted the final team briefing at their Harris & Lewis Smokehouse in Stornoway.
Iain GG Campbell, General Team Manager of WIIGA, said: “Our partnership with The Scottish Salmon Company has been invaluable to WIIGA over the last five years. The relationship has developed over the years and we hope we have been able to positively contribute to the aims of the company. I know the staff look forward to seeing the images and stories coming back from the Games and take pride in sharing our story.”
Craig Anderson, Chief Executive of The Scottish Salmon Company, said: “A huge congratulations to the Western Isles team on their fantastic achievements at the International Games XVIII in Gibraltar.
“We are very proud to support the squad and hope the athletes go from strength to strength at the next island gathering in Guernsey in 2021.”