The strong performance of Western Isles athletes at the recent Nat West Island Games in Jersey has been warmly welcomed by the team sponsor. The Scottish Salmon Company, which is backing the team for the next three years, hailed the record medal haul as proof the Western Isles Island Games Association (WIIGA) was more than holding its own.
The Nat West Island Games XVI took place in Jersey between 27th June to 3rd July 2015 was WIIGA’s 6th Games and its’ most successful yet.
The team came home with 19 medals (7 Gold, 6 Silver, 6 Bronze) beating their previous best of 10 in Bermuda back in 2013.
Team sponsor, the Scottish Salmon Company, employs more than 230 people across the Outer Hebrides and has a proud history of supporting local communities and encouraging sport.
Craig Anderson, Managing Director at the Scottish Salmon Company said the results spoke for themselves.
“The Western Isles team did a fantastic job at the Jersey games and the fact they brought home a record medal haul is something they should be rightly proud of,” he said.
“When we announced our three year sponsorship we wanted to encourage sport in a community we know well, and to have this kind of response from the athletes shows how seriously they take it.
“We’ll be supporting the team until 2017 and hope that the athletes go from strength to strength at the next Island gathering in Gotland, Sweden.”
Iain GG Campbell, Secretary and General Team Manager of WIIGA, said, “It was a great year for the team which managed to win its first medals in swimming and shooting.
“It was satisfying to see so many young athletes breaking into the squad this year, showing that the Games continue to provide the inspiration to improve standards.
“Every athlete did themselves proud in Jersey and it is through the backing of our sponsors that we can plan to build on our success in the coming years.”