- 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.