Harper Macleod congratulates Team Shetland athletes on NatWest Island Games performance

Earlier this year, Harper Macleod was delighted to become official Proud Supporters of Team Shetland - providing financial support towards Team Shetland’s costs for the NatWest Island Games XVII in Gotland, Sweden in June.

On their return, some of Team Shetland’s medal winners and competitors stopped by our offices in Lerwick to show us their medals and share their experience of competing.

The Shetland Island Games Association (SIGA) sent a team of 129 competitors, taking part across 11 events, and officials to this year’s Games which ran from 24 June.

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Team Shetland competitors enjoyed another fantastic NatWest Island Games

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 23 competing islands including Bermuda, the Falklands, Rhodes and St Helena.

Up against islands with much bigger populations, Team Shetland finished a creditable 13th in the medal table (and three places ahead of Orkney) with a total of 14 – four golds, five silvers and five bronze.

Stopping by the Harper Macleod office at St Olaf's Hall were: Cara Steven (Bronze, 4x100 relay), Tamar Moncrieff (Bronze, 4x100m relay & Silver 4x 400m relay), Caelen Rivett (athletics competitor), Shelley Humphray (Bronze, team triathlon), Tom Jamieson (athletics competitor), Jasmin Smith (Bronze medal, 100m breaststroke), Laura Newbold (Bronze medal, 4x100m relay) & Lynsey Henderson (Bronze, team triathlon).

Paul Rutherford, Partner at Harper Macleod, said: “We were proud to be able to support the team as they represented us all in Gotland and it was excellent to see some of the medals and hear all about it.”

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.

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 supported our fundraising efforts. 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.”