Kara Hanlon has earned the first Western Isles gold medal of the NatWest Island Games, touching the pool end first in the women’s 50m breaststroke this evening (Monday July 8th).

In dazzling Gibraltar sunshine, Kara swam her best, covering the 50 metres in 31.08 seconds.

It’s a huge boost for the Western Isles team, with swimmers from the islands competing in at least ten events each to make the best showing for their home islands.

Kara’s brother Matthew Hanlon took 14th place in the men’s 100m breaststroke final this evening and team-mates Isla Budge and Katie Murray 11th and 19th respectively in the women’s 100m butterfly.

Meanwhile there’s tension on the shooting range, where Western Isles representatives Iain Macleod and Donald Walker are leading the pack, together with the Falkland Islands, currently in joint first position in the Olympic Trap event.

Picture shows Kara Hanlon powering through the water (WIIGA).