Western Isles Island Games team are all systems go today (Monday July 8th), beginning a second day of intense competition at the NatWest Island Games in Gibraltar.

There have already been successes both in the pool and on the badminton court today. 14-year-old Beth Macphail (pictured) has won the Western Isles’ first ever badminton singles victory 21-11 against Ynys Mon, and Kara Hanlon placed first in her first outing of the games, the preliminary round of the women’s 50m breaststroke.

On the track, Sian Louise Macdonald was placed 6th this morning in the semi-final of the women’s 100m and Scott Maciver also competed in a semi-final, the men’s 200m, coming home 8th.

The spectacular setting of the shooting competitions (pictured) proved troublesome yesterday, with gusty winds making shooting difficult for the skeet and ATB events. Today shooters Ruaraidh Macdonald and Donald are competing in the automatic ball trap (ABT) event in much better conditions – bright sun and light breezes.

Cyclist Kevin Smith (pictured) placed 37th in last night’s closing event, the gruelling town centre criterium, lapped by the leaders over a punishing hilly course.

The pictures show some of the events over the first 24 hours of the games, with the Western Isles athletes putting their all into competitions. (Western Isles Island Games Association).