Orkney team head to island games

A TEAM of 80 Orkney based athletes will compete in the largest ever inter island games, with help from a £5,000 donation by Scottish Sea Farms.
The funds will go towards travel costs to the games, due to be held in Jersey from June 27, 2015.
The International Island Games started on the Isle of Man in 1985 and this year 3,500 competitors, managers, supporters and media will be in Jersey for a full week of sport.
The games have been held in the Faroe Islands, Aland, Isle of Wight, Gibraltar, Jersey, Gotland, Isle of Man, Guernsey, Shetland, Rhodes and Bermuda.
The number of Islands participating has grown substantially, and now 24 islands are members of the International Island Games Association.
Sports represented at the games include archery, athletics, badminton, basketball, bowls, cycling, football, golf, gymnastics, judo, sailing, shooting, squash, swimming, table tennis, tennis, triathlon and volleyball.
Robbie Fraser, chairman of Orkney Island Games Association, said: ‘It costs almost £900 per person to reach the games and this donation from Scottish Sea Farms will really help us, as not all the athletes can afford to travel.
‘The games take place every second year and bring together a number of small islands from different parts of the world in friendly competition.
‘Athletes come from as far afield as Greenland and Scandinavia, the Mediterranean, down to the Falklands in the South Atlantic.’
Richard Darbyshire, regional manager of Scottish Sea Farms, said: ‘This event helps to develop all sports at grass roots level and there will be a legacy with many young athletes gaining valuable experience and making lifelong friendships with other islanders.
‘We are delighted that our Heart of the Community funding will help some of these talented local sports people compete at this level and participate in what will be a fantastic experience.’
 
Picture: Representatives from the Orkney Islands Games squad include (front) Thora Cant and Alex Stevenson; (back row l-r) Joe Grieg, Liam Delday, Anna Laird, Alison Leitch, Michael Schinkel and Taylor Spence, and (front row, l-r) Balfour Hay, Andrew Davies, Kirsten Flett, Amy Davies and Sarah McPhail