Coaches chosen for isles’ Natwest athletes



The coaches who will guide a team of athletes from the Western Isles as they bid to make a mark on the Natwest Island Games, to be held next year in Gotland, Sweden, have now been chosen.

The Western Isles Island Games Association has chosen to participate in nine different disciplines with the aim of continuing to build on their previous showings in the biennial event.

The coaches are: Seumas MacTaggart (athletics), Paul Finnegan (badminton), Christina MacKenzie (cycling/triathlon), Eric ‘Strada’ MacLeod (men’s football), Catherine Ann Macleod and Euan ‘Moley’ MacLeod (women’s football), Bryan Geddes (golf), Archie MacVicar (shooting) and David Hanlon (swimming).

The managers will be supported by general team manager Iain ‘GG’ Campbell, and the WIIGA committee.

Association chair Norrie MacDonald said: “Following on from the successes at recent games, most notably our last participation at Jersey 2015, it is important that we underpin the development we have seen across all sports and throughout the islands. I believe this is as strong a group of managers as we could have hoped for and the work has already begun to prepare for Gotland in 2017.

”Anyone, from aspiring athletes to redundant coaches, sports clubs, fundraisers, organisers and, indeed, members of the general public who would like to get involved but donÕt know how, simply call into your local sports centre and ask. Or contact me at”

The Scottish Salmon Company have also decided to continue as the team’s main sponsor.

Company managing director Craig Anderson said: “We were extremely proud of the performance of the teams at last year’s games; they certainly put the Western Isles on the map and highlighted the wealth of athletic talent we have across the islands.

”The appointment of the new team managers is crucial, as they have an important role in identifying, nurturing and developing individuals across the different sporting disciplines in the countdown to the next games. We look forward to working with the athletes and the committee in this next chapter.”

Pictured are some of the female athletes from last year’s games in Jersey.