Welcome to Shetland Island Games Association

Flag bearers Graham and Gordon Keith and Water Carrier, Emma Leask assemble with the Team just before the Opening Ceremony of the 2011 NatWest Island Games in the Isle of Wight. Photo: Bob Kerr Enlarge Image Welcome to the website for the Shetland Island Games Association, the voluntary organisation responsible for the management of Team Shetland at each NatWest Island Games.

Shetland has been a proud participant at every Games since the first event in the Isle of Man in 1985.   The Games takes place every two years and is a high point of the Shetland sporting calendar for everyone involved, with competitors, officials and supporters all enjoying the spectacle of the Team Shetland's performances during the Games week.

Russell Gair (l) and Karl Simpson (r) before the Men's Half Marathon race in the Isle of Wight 2011. Photo: Bob Kerr Enlarge Image Team Shetland normally includes up to 10 or so competing sports and the Team can number around 100 competitors and officials.   Each sport involved in the Team is responsible for the selection and training of their own competitors and the SIGA committee plans the accommodation and transport for the Team, as well as organising other tasks such as fundraising, entries, tracksuits and medical support.  

The end result is an exhilarating and emotional week of Shetland sport at its best, with outstanding performances against island sportsmen and women from around the world. Gold medal winning swimmer Andrea Strachan in action in the Isle of Wight 2011.  Photo: Kevin Jones www.kevinajonesphotography.co.uk Enlarge Image

In July 2019, Team Shetland competed at the 2019 NatWest International Island Games in Gibraltar, returning with a total of 14 medals including two gold medals and a silver in athletics, and 11 medals in athletics, swimming and triathlon.

Team Shetland will be in action again at the 2025 Island Games in Orkney, in July 2025.  For the latest news from Orkney, please look up: www.orkney2025.com