VIDEO: Orkney’s Island Games badminton side prepares for Gotland

As Orkney’s Island Games contingent makes its final preparations ahead of departing these shores, we take a look closer at some of the teams competing at the Games.

Over 60 athletes, in addition to spectators, officials and coaches, will be travelling to the Swedish Island for the 2017 NatWest Island Games.

It is estimated over 4,000 athletes and spectators will descend on Gotland — a 30-minute flight away from Stockholm — for the multi-sport event.

Orkney will be represented in nine different sports, and while the weather and time was against us as we attempted to get round all the teams, we start with Orkney’s seven-player badminton side.

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