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Harper Macleod joins Team Shetland's bid for glory at the Natwest Island Games

Harper Macleod has become an official Proud Supporter of Team Shetland ahead of its bid for glory at the NatWest Island Games XVII in Gotland, Sweden.

The Shetland Island Games Association (SIGA) is sending a team of 129 competitors and officials for this year’s Games, with the Opening Ceremony taking place on 24 June.

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The Island Games are held every two years, with 2015 Games in Jersey one of the largest Games ever, with around 3,000 participants involved from 24 competing islands including Bermuda, the Falklands, Rhodes and St Helena.

As well as being one of Scotland's leading full-service law firms Harper Macleod, which moved into Shetland in 2015, is also the country's leading sports law firm and has a long history of association with sporting events and organisations.

Professor Lorne Crerar, the Chairman of Harper Macleod who was himself an official at the last year's Rio Olympics, said: “Sport is very much part of our firm's DNA so we are delighted to be backing Team Shetland as the athletes represent the islands at such a fantastic event. We know the value of sport to individuals and to the wider community and what it means to strive to be the best you can be, and it's great to be able to support the team as they do us proud.

"Over the years Team Shetland has punched above its weight in terms of achievement, and we wish every competitor the best for their events."

Harper Macleod is also currently Legal Advisers to the Glasgow 2018 European Championships, carried out a similar role at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, and is a Proud Supporter of Glasgow Warriors, Scottish Swimming and Scottish Paralympian wheelchair racer Sammi Kinghorn.

Karen Woods, SIGA Chair, said: “We are very grateful to Harper Macleod for coming on board as a Supporter of the team, and to all those who have supported our fundraising efforts.

"The Shetland team again includes a mix of youth and experience, and our competitors and coaches will be working hard in the coming weeks on their final preparations for the Games. It’s a busy and exciting few weeks ahead and we’re looking forward to seeing Shetland’s competitors perform at their best, alongside talented sportsmen and women from the other islands.”

Team Shetland will compete in eleven sports during the Games week – archery, athletics, badminton, cycling, men’s football, golf, gymnastics, shooting, swimming, table tennis and triathlon – with Shetland competitors taking part in over 130 different events.