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25 June 2009
"WATER CARRIER" AND FLAG BEARER NAMED

Our water carrier will be Eilidh Mackenzie.  She's our first and, as yet, only Gold medallist, winning the 800m in Rhodes 2007. Eilidh is a Foreign Languages student at Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh and was the first athlete from the Western Isles to represent Scotland.

The bottle we will using to carry our local water during the 'Water Ceremony' is a traditional Egg Bottle (so called due to it's distinctive shape)that came from a boat wreck next to the wreck of the famous Iolaire.

The Iolaire (the Gaelic word for Eagle) was an Admiralty Yacht which sank one mile from shore (having hit the infamous 'Beasts of Holm' rocks) while returning home from the Great War on New Years Day 1919.  Of 280 souls on board, 205 perished.  A memorial to the disaster was erected at Holm in 1960. This is the biggest loss of life in British waters in peacetime. Eilidh Mackenzie was born and brought up in the village of Holm, where the memorial to the sailors of 'The Iolaire' can be found.

The Flag Bearer will be Donald Macinnes, from Uist.  A member of the Shooting squad, Donald competed in both the Shetland and Rhodes Games and has been competing regularly in the Scottish events since the last Games.

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