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Sport / Malakoff backs Team Shetland at Guernsey 2023

Jack Tulloch (left) and Gerald Russell (right) from Malakoff Limited, with Team Shetland competitors – (l to r) cyclist Robin Atkinson, track athlete Sophie Grant, swimmer Finlay Geddes, badminton competitor Ruth Anderson, and sailor Darren Forrest. Photo: SIGA

WITH LESS than 100 days until this year’s international island games local engineering firm Malakoff Ltd has again been named as the main sponsor for the Shetland team.

It’s the fifth consecutive games in which Malakoff have backed Team Shetland since first coming on board as a sponsor ten years ago in July 2013.

The NatWest International Island Games will take place in Guernsey from 8 to 14 July.

Twenty-four island teams are expected to take part this year, and Shetland’s 100-strong team will compete in ten sports – archery, athletics, badminton, cycling, football, golf, sailing, swimming, table tennis and triathlon.

Also unveiled was this year’s new team wear, featuring a stylised Fair Isle pattern and a Shetland flag, both dyed into the blue and white fabric.

Local graphic designer Robert Wishart has worked up the final design with input from members of Shetland Island Games Association committee. The team kit has again been supplied by local sports retailer Intersport Shetland.

Malakoff’s Jack Tulloch said: “We’re delighted once again to be right behind Team Shetland this year.  As a local company with a strong local presence, we’re pleased to be supporting Shetland’s best sportsmen and women at this year’s games.

“We wish the whole team the very best of luck in their training and Games preparations in the coming weeks.”

Vice chair of Shetland Island Games Association (SIGA) Lesley Hutchison said: “We’re grateful for the support of Malakoff Limited for their commitment to support the team, now for a tenth year.

“After the postponement of the 2021 games, we’re really pleased to now be looking ahead to Guernsey this summer.

“Our team’s planning will gather pace in the coming weeks as individual competitors focus their preparations towards July.”

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