The flood of medals swamping in WIIGA’s Team HQ at Hotel Cristina continued yesterday (Thursday, July 2) as another four were landed on a stunning day for the Western Isles.
18-year-old swimmer Kara Hanlon landed her FOURTH medal of an incredible NatWest Island Games with a silver medal race in the 100m Individual Medley.
Donnie Macleod raced to a bronze medal in the 400m and Eve Carrington landed bronze in the 400m hurdles.
Eve’s performance was all the more remarkable considering she had never run 400m hurdles until her heat just yesterday morning. Her time of 64:72 landed her a sixth Island Games gong and in her FIFTH different sporting discipline.
Carrington has lived up to her reputation as the team’s all rounder once again.
But the medal of the day was landed by Kathryn Offer at her fifth Island Games as she swam the race of her life to take gold, and destroy the Island Games record, in the 50m backstroke.
Swimming home to the top of the podium in 28:79, Offer’s win was met with the biggest cheer in the team hotel of the entire week after she had been fourth a massive six times in the past.
Her first swimming medal was thoroughly deserved.
Elsewhere, Abbie Mackay reached the final six in the long jump while Jenny MacTaggart also competed in the final.
On the football front there were wins for both our squads as the women trounced Guernsey 4-2 and the men defeated The Falklands 2-1.
Beth Macleod bagged a hat-trick for the girls with Stewart Munro - named as the Men’s Player of the Tournament - and Ali Gillies scored for the lads.
The wins ensured the Men finish in 11th place with the women claiming 7th.
The Western Isles gold team have secured tenth place but are craning their neck up towards ninth ahead of their final round today (Friday).
David Black was again the pick of the performers with a 79, AllanMacleod shot an 83 while Bryan Geddes and Kevin Macrae carded 86’s.
Visit www.stornowaygazette.co.uk for all the live information as it happens today on the final day of competitions at the NatWest Island Games.
Already Team WIIGA has surpassed all expectations and landed more medals than at any other games and we still have hopes in other events.
Today our shooters and golfers are back in action but most of the events are on the track at FB Playing Fields, Jersey.
Connor Maclean is competing in the 1,500m final, William Macrury is in the 10K race, Alannah Goddard and possibly Sarah MacIsaac are set to run the women’s 5K.
And there is plenty interest in the relays with three Western Isles teams scheduled to run.
Abbie Mackay, Eilidh Macleod, Heather Mackinnon and Jenny Mactaggart will be running in the women’s 4x100m relay and Eve Carrington, Eilidh Macleod, Abbie Mackay and Jenny MacTaggart are scheduled to run the 4x400m
The men are also racing in the 4x400m relay with Murdo Mackenzie, Michael Macmillan, Donnie Macleod and Connor Maclean set to battle with the baton.