The Western Isles have won eight medals so far in the NatWest Island Games taking
place in Sweden.
Half the haul came from the women’s swimming team with Kara Hanlon the star of the
The 20-year old achieved the treble with three gold medals. She was up against fierce
rival Isle of Man’s Laura Kinley for first place in both the 50 metre and the 200
metre breaststroke but Hanlon piped her to the post.
Hanlon also won the 200 metre individual medley.
Kathryn Offer took bronze in the 100 metre backstroke, very narrowly missing out
on second place.
In the shot putt, the silver medal was awarded to Eve Carrington with a throw of
10.99 metres, a personal best record.
Their habit of watching Billy Connolly on video to ease the nerves before they race
worked for South Uist sisters Kerry and Kirsty Macphee in the mountain biking event
around the 13th century old town walls of Visby.
They finished first and second and also won team gold for the Western Isles, repeating
their their performance in Jersey two years ago.
The NatWest Island Games on the Swedish island of Gotland in the Baltic Sea between
Sweden and Lativa involves 2500 participants, from 24 islands competing in 14 sports.