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Team Western Isles arrives home  

1 July 2017

Team Western Isles returned home from Sweden to a huge welcome as their plane landed at Stornoway Airport on Saturday.

Fourteen medals were won by the Hebridean squad at the NatWest World Island games.

 

Lewis Pipeband played and a large crowd of family, friends and well-wishers cheered and applauded as the team arrived.

 

Comhairle leader Roddie MacKay congratulated the athletes for their achievements, dedication and commitment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

They are “fantastic ambassadors” for the islands he said.

Mr Mackay also praised the efforts of trainers, coaches and managers.

 

The squad accumulated ten gold medals compared to nine at their record breaking haul in Jersey in 2015.

 

After nearly missing the competitions last time due to a ferry strike, Heather Mackinnon from Eriskay was right on course to secure her first gold in this year’s triple jump.

 

In the shot putt, the silver medal was awarded to Eve Carrington.

 

Kathryn Offer and Kara Hanlon each won three medals in the swimming competitions.

 

South Uist sisters Kerry and Kirsty Macphee took first and second place in two mountain biking races and were also awarded the team prize for each event.

 

 

 

 

Comhairle leader Roddie Mackay congratulates general team manager, Iain GG Campbell, and WIIGA Chairperson, Norrie Macdonald