On behalf of the communities of the Western Isles, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar Convener, Kenny Macleod, has congratulated local swimmer Kara Hanlon after she was selected to represent Scotland at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.
Cllr Kenny Macleod, Comhairle Convener, said: “This is a magnificent achievement for Kara. As a 12 year old, Kara trained in the Ionad Spòrs Leòdhais 25m pool and Lionel 12.5m pool and from a young age it was clear that she had exceptional talent. When she was only 14 years old Kara attended her first NatWest Island Games in Isle of Wight in 2011 and since then has gone on to shine at a further four island games.
“At the most recent NatWest Island Games in Gibraltar 2019, she won another 4 Gold Medals and a Silver Medal. In winning the 3 Breaststroke Distances she also broke the 3 NatWest Island Games Records for these races. This incredible performance took her total medal haul to 12 with 8 golds and 4 silvers.”
Kara is currently ranked No.1 in Scotland in short course [25m pool] and long course [50m pool] and is Scottish National Champion in 50m, 100m and 200m Breaststroke in both sizes of pools. This year she has continued to push on and even achieved an unofficial record in February in addition to winning the British Championships at Sheffield in April.
Cllr Macleod, continued: “Kara has been a good role model for local swimmers and Western Isles sport in general. She is also a great ambassador for the islands, never forgetting where she comes from and promoting island sport. It goes without saying that we are very proud of her and wish her all the very best in the upcoming Commonwealth Games.”