Today, the Western Isles Island Games Association (WIIGA) revealed a brand new title sponsor which has pledged support for the next three years – the Scottish Salmon Company.
Scottish Salmon Company employs over 230 people across the Outer Hebrides and has a proud history of supporting the local communities.
WIIGA supports talented athletes from across the Western Isles, hosting training camps and supporting skill development, as well as enabling a team to travel to the Island Games, hosted in alternate years by member islands across the world.
The 2015 Island Games will be held in Jersey from 27th June to 3rd July, and around 4,500 competitors, officials and supporters are expected to travel from across the world to attend.
The WIIGA squad for 2015 includes a number of medal hopefuls such as mountain biker Kerry MacPhee, the first female Hebridean athlete to be called up to the Scottish Commonwealth Games team and gold medallist in the individual and team triathlons at the 2013 Island Games in Bermuda. Competing for the WIIGA clay shooting team is Scottish Internationalist and employee of the Scottish Salmon Company, Donald MacInnes.
The Island Games began in the Isle of Man in 1985 as part of the island’s Year of Sport, and 30 years on is growing in popularity year on year. The games bring together competitors from 24 member islands across the world, from the Shetland Islands to Gibraltar, and even as far afield as Bermuda and the Cayman Islands.
Talented island athletes have the opportunity through the Island Games to compete at an international level sporting competition across 14 different sports, including cycling, shooting, football, windsurfing and sailing.
Craig Anderson, managing director of The Scottish Salmon Company, said: “We are proud to support WIIGA as part of our commitment to the development of sport across the Western Isles.
“The communities in which we live and work are vital to our success as a business, and we take pride in their sporting achievements. We will be supporting all of the WIIGA competitors at the Jersey Games.”
Cllr Alasdair Macleod Chair of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar’s Sustainable Development Committee, said: “It’s good to see local employers supporting Island athletes and I wish every success to the Western Isles squad at the Island Games this summer.”
Iain GG Campbell, Secretary and General Team Manager of WIIGA added: “Without the support of The Scottish Salmon Company many of our athletes would be unable to travel to Jersey this year.
“It is so important that athletes in the Western Isles are given the chance to compete in international competitions and we hope that with the help of The Scottish Salmon Company we’ll be able to attract even more talented young sportsmen and women to get involved in the Games.”