Western Isles team will head for Guernsey for 2021 Island Games

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The Western Isles squad came back from the last games in Jersey with a record medal haul

Guernsey will play host to the biennial International Island Games in 2021.

Every two years the island games welcome participating teams from 24 islands – including the Western Isles – to compete across a variety of different sports.

The Channel island was confirmed as hosts when the International Island Games Association held its annual general meeting in Gotland last weekend.

Members unanimously awarded the 2021 Island Games to Guernsey, and it will become the first member island to host the games for the third time.

Gotland will host the NatWest Island Games in 2017 and two years later the games will take place in Gibraltar.

The Western Isles Island Games Association plan to take a squad of between 90-100 athletes to Gotland next summer to compete in eight sports. The Hebrideans will feature in athletics, badminton, cycling (MTB and road), men’s and women’s football, golf, shooting, swimming and triathlon.

The Scottish Salmon Company have confirmed that they will be WIIGA’s main sponsor for the NatWest Island Games in 2017.

A reduced programme of sports will be included in the Gibraltar 2019 Games – with football and golf set to be axed due to a lack of facilities and accommodation.

However, last week’s AGM confirmed that road cycling would be included – a sport which has brought the Western Isles some success in the past. Mountain Biking – at which the MacPhee sisters from South Uist have excelled – will not be part of the events in Gibralter.