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Western Isles Island Games Association (WIIGA) is to hold its Biennial General Meeting (BGM) on Tuesday 15 February, signalling light at the end of the Covid-19 tunnel for island athletes.

With the NatWest International Island Games postponed in 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic, rescheduled games are now planned to take place in Guernsey between 8-14 July 2023.

Guernsey 2023 is expected to feature 14 sports, with over 100 participants and team managers likely to represent the Western Isles.

WIIGA chairman Norrie MacDonald said: “The past two years have been incredibly frustrating for our athletes and team managers, with training severely restricted and few opportunities to take part in competition.

“WIIGA and the island games has been a powerful driver for many over the years and it is important that we have a strong and supported committee in place as preparations begin towards Guernsey 2023.”

The last time the games were held in the Channel Islands was in 2015, when the Western Isles team brought home 19 medals, including seven golds, from the event in Jersey.

The general meeting will include news from the chairman on preparations for next year’s games, as well as the election of an executive committee to lead on organisation.

The meeting will take place online at 6pm on 15 February and any member that wishes to raise any business should do so by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by next Tuesday (1 February).

The picture shows Jersey medallists, cyclists Kerry and Kirsty Macphee and swimmer Kara Hanlon, in 2015.