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Harper Macleod joins Team Shetland as it prepares to rock Gibraltar at the NatWest International Island Games

Harper Macleod has been unveiled as the latest business to get behind Team Shetland as the isles' athletes prepare for this summer's NatWest International Island Games XVIII in Gibraltar.

The firm will again be an official Proud Supporter of Team Shetland, following its sponsorship of the team for the 2017 Games in Gotland, Sweden.

Shetland Island Games Association (SIGA) is sending a team of 87 competitors and officials for this year’s Games, with the Opening Ceremony taking place on 6th July.

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Pictured with members of Harper Macleod's team are young swimmers Jasmin Smith, Kayla Manson, Kaila Ratter and Adam Millar.

Professor Lorne Crerar CBE, Chairman of Harper Macleod and Highlands and Islands Enterprise, said: “We are absolutely delighted to once again be a Proud Supporter of Team Shetland at this year's Island Games. Sport and community have always been big parts of Harper Macleod's identity so it's great to be able to give something back by getting behind the athletes.

"We know just how important sport is to the community in Shetland, and the isles' great sporting heritage and history at the Games. I'm sure that the team will be looking to surpass previous performances and we wish all the competitors the very best of luck in Gibraltar."

As well as being one of Scotland's leading full-service law firms, Harper Macleod - which has had a permanent presence at St Olaf's Hall in Lerwick since 2015 - also has the country's leading sports law practice and has a long history of association with sporting events and organisations.

The firm was a Proud Supporter and Official Legal Adviser to last year's Glasgow 2018 European Championships, having carried out a similar role at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, and is also a Proud Supporter of Glasgow Warriors and Scottish Swimming among other organisations.

Lesley Hutchison, SIGA Vice Chair, said: “We are very grateful to Harper Macleod for continuing to support the team heading to Gibraltar for this year's Games. It’s a busy and exciting few weeks ahead as our coaches and competitors prepare for an intense week of sports competition. As always, we’re looking forward to seeing Shetland’s sportsmen and women perform at their best, alongside talented competitors from the other islands.”

The NatWest International Island Games are held every two years, with more than 2000 athletes taking part from 22 competing islands, as far afield as Bermuda, the Falklands, St Helena and Greenland. This year's sports include: athletics, badminton, basketball, beach volleyball, cycling, judo, sailing, shooting, squash, swimming, table tennis, tennis, tenpin bowling and triathlon.

Team Shetland will compete in nine sports during the Games week – athletics, badminton, cycling, sailing, shooting, squash, swimming, table tennis and triathlon - with a team of competitors ranging in age from 14 to 65.

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