Published: Friday, 03 July 2015 07:30
Games competitors on a roll
The final evening of the NatWest Island Games started yesterday with another silver medal for Kara Hanlon, this time in the women’s 100metre individual medley. Kathryn Offer achieved a team dream with a gold in the women's 50m backstroke - and a new games record of 28.79 seconds. Eve Carrington also got her second bronze medal in the 400 metre hurdles last night. Donnie Macleod got bronze on the track in the men's 400m. Both the men's and women's football teams won their final match, the women earning 7th place after beating Guernsey 4-2 and the men placed 11th after beating the Falklands 2-1. With chances for further wins in the last day of action today, isles MP Angus Brendan MacNeil yesterday called the games team performance ‘inspiring’. He said: “Massive congratulations to all the athletes involved and I wish every success to all those who are still competing in events. I appreciate that a lot of hard work is done behind the scenes to organise such an event and I would also like to congratulate the WIIGA organising committee for the tremendous amount of work that they have put in to ensure that a team from the Western Isles could participate in the Island Games. It is a huge boost for the sporting community in the Western Isles when our athletes can compete with the very best from all the other islands in the World.”
After the final competitions today, the athletes will take part in a relaxed and celebratory closing ceremony from 5pm, with Channel Isles musicians entertaining the crowd of athletes, supporters and families. The island team are due back in Stornoway tomorrow.
Read more: Local News for Friday 3rd July 2015
Published: Thursday, 02 July 2015 07:30
Another gold and silver day
It was another day of medals for the Western Isles yesterday, as sisters Kerry and Kirsty MacPhee of South Uist, and Lewis’s Kara Hanlon both came up with repeat performances of Tuesday’s success. Kerry and Kirty once again took gold and silver, and the team gold medal, in the women’s mountain bike criterium. Kara got silver in the women’s 100 metre breaststroke. Meanwhile Kathryn Offer came within a hair’s bredth of a bronze in the womens 50m freesttyle, beaten into fourth place by the Isle of Man’s Laura Kinley. The Western Isles women’s football team pushed themselves up to third place in the group table, beating Gibraltar by a thumping 5-nil yesterday afternoon. The women’s 4x100m freestyle relay team of Isla Budge, Kara Hanlon, Katie Murray and Kathryn Offer came in 7th in a tough final – all four will be in the pool again today, as will Lucie Doig. There’s also plenty of men’s and women’s athletics action, football placing contests for both teams, and both Donald Walker and Stuart Macleod on the shooting range. Craig McCulloch goes in the men’s cycling - road criterium.
Read more: Local News for Thursday 2nd July 2015