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SIGA’s new chairwoman

SIGA chairman Andrew Inkster hands over the baton to new chairwoman Karen Woods. Photo: SIGA

SHETLAND Island Games Association (SIGA) has elected Karen Woods as its new chairwoman to lead Team Shetland’s preparations for the Gotland games in 2017.

Karen has spent seven years on the committee as athletics representative and has managed Shetland’s track and field athletes at the last four NatWest Island Games since 2009.

Team Shetland is expecting to field competitors in 12 of the 14 sports on offer in the Swedish island of Gotland in June 2017 – with an estimated team size of around 130 competitors.

Karen said she was “looking forward to the challenge of leading our association as we look ahead to Gotland in 2017”.

“The 2015 games in Jersey was a great success for us, with a fantastic medal tally and some incredible performances from the team.

“Our committee works hard to plan as much as we can so that Shetland’s best sportsmen and women can concentrate on their individual training leading up to and during the games.

“We’ve already started the initial discussions for Gotland, including transport, accommodation and fundraising options, and we’ll continue this over the next 18 months or so.”

Karen takes over from Andrew Inkster, who has been SIGA chairman for the last seven years, having previously competed in clay shooting events at the games.

In July, Andrew was elected to serve on the International Island Games Association’s executive committee. The role will now see him involved in assisting future host islands as well as providing support to a number of other competing islands and sports technical committees. 

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