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Gotland 2017: Flying the flag for Shetland

Some spectacular jousting was part of the opening programme. Photos: Shetland Islands Games Association

THE LONG wait is over – the 2017 NatWest Islands Games in Gotland are finally under way.

Following the colourful opening ceremony at Visby’s Strandgärdet on Saturday evening (7pm local time) Team Shetland’s quest for medals and personal bests gets under way on Sunday morning.

First out will be Peter Davies and Darren Leslie competing in the automatic ball trap team shooting event.

Next will be the table tennis team who meet host Gotland at 9am for the first game in the group stage.

Shetland’s badminton team will be up against the Faroe Islands at 10am, to be followed later in day by the team’s match against Gotland.

Some of the team just before entering the park for the official opening of Gotland 2017.

The women’s triathletes are next in the individual and team event starting at 11.30am, to be followed by the men’s events later in the afternoon.

Two years ago, the women’s triathlon team won a bronze medal in Jersey.

And Shetland’s football team will play the first of their three group games when they take on the Saaremaa at 5pm.

The first athletics medals are also up for grabs on Sunday: Connor McDonald is one of only eight competitors in the hammer throw, while Sean Walterson and Stuart Bain are hoping to do well in the men’s high jump.

Shetland has also two athletes, Lucy Holden and Tamar Moncrieff, competing in the final of women’s long jump

Shetland News does not have the resources to report directly from Gotland but will bring daily updates on Team Shetland’s progress. Two years ago, in Jersey, the local team won 23 medals making it the most successful away games for the islands.

A complete results service from the Gotland 2017 games can be found at: