A squad of 75 island competitors are taking part in the NatWest Island Games in Sweden
this summer. A further 15 people will accompany the squad as coaches, management
and medical team.
The Western Isles are competing in eight sports during the week long event on the
island of Gotland in the Baltic Sea at the end of June.
The squad will be accompanied by a small number of family members and supporters.
The games allow island athletes to compete at a high level international event, which
will be one of the biggest multi-sports competition in this year’s global sporting
Gotland organisers expect over 3000 to participate, plus many more officials, supporters
and media, making this summer’s event the biggest to date.
General team manager, Iain GG Campbell, said: “With just 75 days to go before the
opening ceremony in Gotland preparations are in full flow. The announcement of the
squad is always eagerly awaited and I would like to congratulate all those who have
“This is an exciting moment for the selected team members, they all thoroughly deserve
their chance to compete in Gotland. It’s another young squad with half of them aged
21 or under, which is great to see and very encouraging for the future.”
He said team managers had “difficult decisions” to make with some people left disappointed.
Mr Campbell added: “The managers have worked hard to ensure that all those who qualify
to compete have had the opportunity to be considered.”
“The hope now is that everyone’s final preparations go well and that they all stay
injury free. We are really looking forward to seeing this group represent our Islands
Craig Anderson, chief executive of team sponsors, The Scottish Salmon Company, said:
“With sites throughout the Western Isles we are proud to support the local communities
where the athletes live and work alongside our staff.
“We wish all athletes and their teams the best of luck with their training and we
will be following their progress as the event approaches in June in Gotland.”