WIIGA invite applications for sport team managers

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The Western Isles Island Games Association (WIIGA) are now inviting applications for team managers ahead of the 2017 NatWest Island Games.

Taking place on the Swedish island of Gotland in June 2017, WIIGA are keen to appoint team managers in 18 different sports.

Managers are being sought for the following sports:

Archery

Athletics

Badminton

Basketball

Bowls

Cycling

Football (men’s & women’s)

Golf

Gymnastics

Judo

Sailing

Shooting

Squash

Swimming

Table tennis

Tennis

Triathlon

Volleyball.

In order to ensure maximum participation at each games, WIIGA wish to seek nominations for sports team managers to select and prepare athletes to the standard required for this international competition.

Sports team managers will be required to agree the desired standards expected of our athletes and prepare a development plan to be implemented to support selection deadlines for our athletes.

Norman Macdonald, Chairperson of WIIGA explained: “WIIGA wish to build on the success of previous Games and integral to achieving this is having the right managers appointed to select and develop our talented sports people.  

“We are looking for experienced people who understand the challenges of training and selecting competitors for an international competition.  

“Gotland will be our 7th Games and building on our previous experiences we know that it is important to have managers in place as soon as possible.

“The intention is to have as many competitors as possible travelling to Gotland, although the final decision on who goes will be decided by the WIIGA committee by spring 2017.

“In reality that presents an exciting challenge for WIIGA in terms of appointing the right managers, preparing our talented sports people and sourcing the necessary finance.”

The next games will be held from June 24 to 30, 2017 in Gotland.

Application packs and further information can be downloaded from the WIIGA website (www.wiiga.co.uk) or accessible by email from karen.pickard@cne-siar.gov.uk.  The closing date for applications is the 31st December 2015.

In Jersey 2015 the Western Isles won a massive 18 medals including seven golds.

Swimmers Kara Hanlon and Kathryn Offer also set NatWest Island Games records with their swims in the most succesful Island Games to date.