Na h-Eileanan an Iar SNP MSP Alasdair Allan has today commended the Western Isles team following on from their participation in the 2019 NatWest Island Games.

The Island Games are held every two years. They allow athletes from different island groups across the world to compete internationally and help to forge links between different islands.

The 2019 NatWest Island Games took place in Gibraltar and concluded with a ceremony yesterday evening after a week’s worth of competitions including swimming, athletics, badminton, cycling and shooting.

The Western Isles were the top Scottish team in the medal table, accumulating a total of 4 gold, 2 silver and 2 bronze medals.

Alasdair Allan commented: “As always, Team Western Isles has done us proud. I warmly congratulate all those who represented us at the Games in Gibraltar and I would also like to commend the work of the Western Isles Island Games Association.

“A special mention has to go to swimmer Kara Hanlon who picked up an incredible four gold medals and one silver medal.

"Her achievements are truly inspirational and I have lodged a motion in the Scottish Parliament to recognise her success.

"The Western Isles also found success in the Women’s Triple Jump, with Mary Macleod and Heather Marie MacKinnon picking up silver and bronze medals while swimmer Isla Budge picked up bronze in the Women's 400m Freestyle.

“I wish all the competitors the very best for their futures and I hope that their success will continue to inspire islanders to get involved at all levels of sport.”