A team of 75 Orkney-based athletes are set to compete in this summers Inter-Island Games, to be held in Gotland in June 2017. Scottish Sea Farms has donated £10,000 to help the sportsmen and women reach the event.
Robbie Fraser, Chairman of Orkney Island Games Association, said: “The support from Scottish Sea Farms will be a huge help towards our goal of making the games affordable to all athletes from Orkney. We’re keen to root the association deep in the community and this award makes that possible. We’re very proud to be representing the county at this important international event.”
The International Island Games started on the Isle of Man in 1985 and has grown in size and stature ever since. 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.
Richard Darbyshire, Regional Manager, 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.”