Orkney Is “GO” For Guernsey 2023

Orkney Island Games Association 2023 has announced the names of all competitors travelling to the International Island Games which are being held in Guernsey from the 8th to the 14th July this year. Twelve different disciplines are being represented by the almost 100 competitors & officials travelling south.

The OIGA 2025 Committee is also sending a delegation on a fact-finding initiative, in preparation for the games in two years’ time – which are being hosted here on Orkney.

The teams travelling to Guernsey are:

  • Archery – 4 competitors
  • Athletics – 16 competitors
  • Badminton – 10 competitors
  • Bowls – 5 competitors
  • Cycling – 3 competitors
  • Mens Football – 20 competitors
  • Golf – 8 competitors
  • Small Bore Shooting – 1 competitor
  • Clay Pigeon Shooting – 3 competitors
  • Sailing – 3 competitors
  • Swimming – 6 competitors
  • Triathlon – 4 competitors

The team will leave on a specially diverted sailing of NorthLink Ferries Shetland to Aberdeen service, which will call in to Kirkwall late on Thursday night the 6th July. After two chartered direct Loganair fights from Aberdeen to Guernsey on Friday, the team will be ready for the formal opening ceremony on Saturday 8th – returning home the following Saturday.

Leading Team Orkney at the opening ceremony will be veteran of 7 games Andrew Leslie from the Sailing team who will be proudly waving the Orkney flag as our Flag Bearer. In line with tradition, as the youngest member of the team, swimmer Alfie Price will have the honour of being the Water Carrier at the ceremony. Alfie celebrated his 14th birthday just weeks ago.

OIGA Chairman, Garry Burton, said he was excited and looking forward to a successful competition for all concerned. “After the disruption of Covid and what feels like years of planning, it is nice to be finalising all the arrangements and I want to give sincere thanks to all of those involved, in particular the Executive Committee for their tireless and selfless work as well as to our sponsors for their invaluable support without which it would be impossible for us to take part” said Mr Burton.

There are some high hopes within the teams with everyone looking forward to actually arriving in Guernsey and putting the months and years of training and practice to the test.

Orkney’s overall Team Manager for 2023, Edgar Balfour, said he was also looking forward to the actual competition getting under way. “For many competitors this will be their first games, and possibly the biggest event they will ever take part in. Others will be seasoned competitors. With International teams from literally all over the world it is like a mini-Olympics for the Islands. The standards can be very high indeed – so it is a unique opportunity to measure yourself against the best”, said Mr Balfour. “But, regardless of whether you finish first or last, the main thing is that every single competitor does their very best, and that they represent our Islands with passion and pride. Medals are a bonus – but I wouldn’t refuse one or two if they came along” concluded Mr Balfour.

Speaking on behalf of Diamond Sponsor Scottish Sea Farms, Orkney Regional Manager Duane Coetzer said: ‘Competitor, coach or supporter, anticipation is building for Guernsey 2023 and seeing the team in their official kit really adds to that. Years of training, hard work and dedication will be put to the test, with personal bests sought and medal positions vied for, and I’m sure we speak for all sponsors when we say we’ll be rooting for Team Orkney throughout.’

Garry BurtonOIGA ChairpersonOIGA Chairperson
Edgar BalfourOrkney Team ManagerOrkney Team Manager
Stewart StangerArcheryCompetitor
Helen CorsieArcheryCompetitor
Michael LeslieArcheryCompetitor
Robert CraigieArcheryCompetitor
Graham ShearerAthleticsAthletics Coach
Inga LinklaterAthleticsAthletics Team Manager
Mags MacraeAthleticsAthletics Coach
Ava LukeAthleticsCompetitor
Effie ThomsonAthleticsCompetitor
Emily McArthurAthleticsCompetitor
Lucy KenyonAthleticsCompetitor
Max LinklaterAthleticsCompetitor
Ali MacKenzieAthleticsCompetitor
Bobby HarcusAthleticsCompetitor
Ewan FoubisterAthleticsCompetitor
Amy DavisAthleticsCompetitor
Charlotte HumeAthleticsCompetitor
Erika MarwickAthleticsCompetitor
Lillie GiggleAthleticsCompetitor
Tegan SpenceAthleticsCompetitor
Alexander ScottAthleticsCompetitor
Craig MoarAthleticsCompetitor
Aly KempAthleticsCompetitor
Tom LambertBadmintonBadminton Coach
Moira NicolsonBadmintonBadminton Team Manager
Gemma FoulisBadmintonCompetitor
Jody GroundwaterBadmintonCompetitor
Shannon LeslieBadmintonCompetitor
Erlend BallantineBadmintonCompetitor
Sam GroundwaterBadmintonCompetitor
Emma WorkBadmintonCompetitor
Rebecca ReidBadmintonCompetitor
Andrew ReidBadmintonCompetitor
Matthew ReidBadmintonCompetitor
Tommy BallantineBadmintonCompetitor
Barry BruceBowlingCompetitor
Craig RendallBowlingCompetitor
John HamiltonBowlingCompetitor
Kevin WatersBowlingCompetitor
Mark CauserBowlingCompetitor
Neil LyonClay ShootingCompetitor
Mervyn SinclairClay ShootingCompetitor
Michael DreverClay ShootingCompetitor
Magnus MackayCyclingCompetitor
Norman McLennanCyclingCompetitor
Torquil ClydeCyclingCompetitor
Jason ScottFootballCompetitor
Owen YoungFootballCompetitor
Aidan FoubisterFootballCompetitor
Callan JessimanFootballCompetitor
Connan RendallFootballCompetitor
Craig HarrisonFootballCompetitor
Daniel HourstonFootballCompetitor
Ewan StevensonFootballCompetitor
Findlay CooperFootballCompetitor
Jamie FlettFootballCompetitor
Jay FoubisterFootballCompetitor
Kyle DreverFootballCompetitor
Lee RendallFootballCompetitor
Liam DeldayFootballCompetitor
Liam ValentineFootballCompetitor
Niall MackayFootballCompetitor
Scott SwannieFootballCompetitor
Steven HellewellFootballCompetitor
Toby MacLeodFootballCompetitor
Wayne KirknessFootballCompetitor
Colin KirkpatrickFootballFootball Coach
Colin RisbridgerFootballFootball Coach
Charles AlwayFootballFootball Team Manager
Colin MacLeodFootballFootball Official
Graeme LeaskFootballFootball Official
Ewan RendallGolfCompetitor
Lee FindlayGolfCompetitor
Steven RendallGolfCompetitor
Stuart ThomsonGolfCompetitor
Kathleen SutherlandGolfCompetitor
Michelle CloustonGolfCompetitor
Nicola SutherlandGolfCompetitor
Shona SlaterGolfCompetitor
Douglas SlaterGolfGolf Team Manager
Kavan KynochSailingCompetitor
Andrew LeslieSailingCompetitor
Joshua BrownSailingCompetitor
Ross DonaldsonSmall BoreCompetitor
Eve WoodSwimmingCompetitor
Jenna ClaphamSwimmingCompetitor
Alfie PriceSwimmingCompetitor
Fraser BurtonSwimmingCompetitor
Jack WallaceSwimmingCompetitor
Kieran SmithSwimmingCompetitor
Emma WoodSwimmingSwimming Team Manager
Inga BurtonSwimmingSwimming Team Coach
Derek AllanSwimmingSwimming Team Official
Alison LeitchTriathlonCompetitor
Jo DonaldsonTriathlonCompetitor
Marcus ShearerTriathlonCompetitor
Claire RendallTriathlonCompetitor

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