Team Shetland met Team Harper Macleod this week as the leading law firm wished a group of competitors and officials good luck as they make their final preparations for the NatWest Island Games XVII in Gotland, Sweden.
Earlier this year Harper Macleod, the national law firm which is also one of Shetland's leading solicitors and estate agents, became an official Proud Supporter of Team Shetland - providing financial support towards Team Shetland's costs for Gotland 2017.
Ahead of the 129-strong squad's departure for one of the biggest multi-sport events to take place globally this year, a team from the firm joined competitors and officials at Clickimin athletics track to wish them success in the Swedish island. The Games Opening Ceremony takes place on Saturday, 24 June.
Alongside Harper Macleod's Robert Bell, Paul Rutherford, Richard Donaldson and Jenni Gear were (from left), Maurice Haining (Badminton), Aimee Keith (Badminton), Shane Odie (Athletics), Mhia Mouat (Athletics), Tom Jamieson (Athletics), James Aitken (Football), Megan Perry (Swimming), Bobby Scott (Football) and Grant Wood (Football).
"Karen Woods, Chair of Shetland Island Games Association said: “Team Shetland are delighted to have the support of leading independent law firm Harper Macleod, who have such as strong pedigree of backing sport. We’re proud to represent Shetland and grateful for the support of a local firm that values the contribution of sport to our island community.”
Paul Rutherford, Partner at Harper Macleod, said: "We are proud to be able to support the team as they represent us all in Gotland. The NatWest Island Games are a fantastic occasion – I can remember this time 12 years ago when Shetland hosted the event and it was tremendous for everyone involved. Team Shetland did brilliantly that time around, notably finishing just one place behind this year's hosts in 7th place on the medal table, and we'll be cheering on every single competitor this time around."
As well as providing a full range of estate agency, personal and commercial legal services, Harper Macleod, based in St Olaf's Hall in Church Road, Lerwick, is Scotland's leading sports law practice and has a history of sporting involvement. The Island Games link follows its role as Legal Advisers to the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, a role it is also filling for the 2018 European Championships in the same city.
Harper Macleod is also a long-term supporter of Scotland's leading wheelchair racer, Sammi Kinghorn, and a sponsor of the Glasgow Warriors PRO12 rugby team.