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 Burton||OIGA Chairperson||OIGA Chairperson|
|Edgar Balfour||Orkney Team Manager||Orkney Team Manager|
|Graham Shearer||Athletics||Athletics Coach|
|Inga Linklater||Athletics||Athletics Team Manager|
|Mags Macrae||Athletics||Athletics Coach|
|Tom Lambert||Badminton||Badminton Coach|
|Moira Nicolson||Badminton||Badminton Team Manager|
|Neil Lyon||Clay Shooting||Competitor|
|Mervyn Sinclair||Clay Shooting||Competitor|
|Michael Drever||Clay Shooting||Competitor|
|Colin Kirkpatrick||Football||Football Coach|
|Colin Risbridger||Football||Football Coach|
|Charles Alway||Football||Football Team Manager|
|Colin MacLeod||Football||Football Official|
|Graeme Leask||Football||Football Official|
|Douglas Slater||Golf||Golf Team Manager|
|Ross Donaldson||Small Bore||Competitor|
|Emma Wood||Swimming||Swimming Team Manager|
|Inga Burton||Swimming||Swimming Team Coach|
|Derek Allan||Swimming||Swimming Team Official|