Western Isles athletes raised the yellow banner of the islands with pride on Saturday evening (July 6th) as the Gibraltar 2019 NatWest Island Games got under way.

Carrying the flag for the Western Isles in the opening ceremony on Saturday night was assistant team manager Eve Carrington, who is at her eighth consecutive Island Games and who will compete in the women’s shot put and hurdles this week.

She was assisted by water carrier Beth MacPhail, 14, one of our youngest competitors, who’s competing in the team badminton event.

Today’s action opened at 8am with the all-day clay shooting events, in which shooters Archibald Macvicar and Donald Walker were the skeet team and Ruaraidh Macdonald and Donald Macinnes represented the Western Isles in the ABT event. Athletics events started at 10.30am, Western Isles badminton teams were in action from 12.30 and cyclist Kevin Smith will compete in the men’s criterium at 7.30pm.

There’s more shooting tomorrow, plus a packed programme of events in athletics, badminton, swimming and cycling.

Pictures show team members flying the flag with pride at last night’s opening ceremony, and an aerial view of the athletics and swimming stadium in Gibraltar.