THE SHETLAND Island Games team is now on its way to Gibraltar.
The 85 competitors and coaches left on the NorthLink ferry on Tuesday night and they will head to Edinburgh before catching a flight to Malaga.
The team is expected to arrive in Gibraltar on Thursday.
Team Shetland comprises of thirteen athletes, ten badminton competitors, two cyclists, two sailors, six clay shooters, ten squash competitors, fourteen swimmers, six table tennis competitors and seven triathletes, plus coaches, managers and a medical team.
Gibraltar, which has a population of around 35,000, will host a range of islands from 6-12 July, from Orkney and Jersey to Greenland and the Cayman Islands.
They might also get a chance to rub shoulders with the Rangers football team, with Steven Gerrard’s men drawn against local team St Joseph’s in the Europa League qualifying.
The Scottish side are due to play in Gibraltar on Thursday 11 July, but that date could potentially move to 9 July as another local team could be progress to the same round.
This could cause fixture congestion as there is only one suitable football stadium on the headland.
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