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Sport / Countdown begins for Island Games as Shetland reveals 103-strong team

St Peter Port harbour in Guernsey. Photo: SIGA

MORE than 100 people will head to Guernsey as part of ‘Team Shetland’ for this summer’s Island Games.

The team will include 88 competitors and 15 officials from ten sports – archery, athletics, badminton, cycling, football, golf, sailing, swimming, table tennis and triathlon. 

More than 2,000 competitors from 24 island teams are expected to take part in this year’s games, which take place in July.

Team Shetland will again include athletes Seumas Mackay and Katie Dinwoodie, who both won gold medals on the track at the last games in Gibraltar in July 2019. 

Also taking part will be 2019 bronze medal winning swimmers Jasmin Smith, and sisters Annie and Emmie Hutchison.

This year’s team also includes archers, golfers and the men’s football squad – none of whose sports were included in the sports programme in 2019.

The games normally take place every two years but the 2021 event was postponed due to the Covid pandemic. The 2023 games take place between 8 and 14 July.

Local marine engineering firm Malakoff Limited are again the official team sponsor for Shetland this year, a role it has fulfilled since 2013.

Its financial support will help fund the costs of Team Shetland’s travel and accommodation in Guernsey.

Cooke Aquaculture Scotland is also backing the team as associate team sponsor and Harper Macleod are on board as a team supporter.

Shetland Island Games Association vice-chair Lesley Hutchison said: “We’re pleased to be able to announce the team list and a strong team for this year’s games.

“It’s been long wait after Covid but we’re excited to now be in the home straight towards ‘Guernsey 2023’.

“We’re grateful for funding from the Shetland Community Benefit Fund and we’d especially like to thank our three sponsors Malakoff Limited, Cooke Aquaculture Scotland and Harper Macleod for supporting us again.

“It’s great to have them on board for the 2023 Games and we’re looking forward to a spectacular week of sport in Guernsey in two months time.”

The full list of competitors for Shetland can be found here: Team Shetland – final team list – Guernsey 2023.

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