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Lothian Disability Sport Boccia Open 2018

Medalists

This year, [EN]GAGE Sports Centre at Edinburgh Napier University played host to the Lothian Open Boccia Championships and welcomed over 50 players from around Scotland to compete over three sections.  Players travelled from the Borders, Dundee, Dumfries & Galloway, Forth Valley and West of Scotland, helping the strong Lothian contingent contribute to an excellent day of competitive boccia.

There was tough competition throughout the day in class A (players with physical disability) with some great play in all four of the groups. It was Fiona Muirhead (Individual), Tyler McLelland (Fife), Fiona Hagenbuch (No Limits) and Arthur Lawson (No Limits) who shone through and qualified for the semi finals.  The semi finals were tense, but eventually it was Fiona Muirhead and Tyler McLelland who emerged as winners, beating Fiona Hagenbuch and Arthur Lawson respectively.

In an exciting final, it was Fiona Muirhead who came out on top to become class A champion for 2018.

The Class B section (for players with a learning disability) provided similar action and was closely contested, with some impressive boccia being played throughout both the male and female side of the draw. 

In the male section, Hayden Keir (D&G), Lee Duncan (Right on Target) and Daniel Strang qualified for the semi finals as winners of their groups and were joined by Brian Boardman (Borders) as the best placed runner up. Hayden and Lee faced off in the final, where Hayden took home the gold in a match where the quality of play was not reflective of the 5-0 score.

Once again, the semi final stage in the female section was dominated by Lothian players as three from the four were local to the competition.  The three LSO athletes were joined by Rebekah Perry (Dundee) who progressed to the final where she faced off against Jodie Lavin (LSO). In a tight came, which came down to the final end Rebekah took the win 4-2.

The junior section saw some excellent competition as the country’s under 18s pitted their skills against their peers from around Scotland.  It was Dundee’s Alex Medley who took advantage of this year’s group winner format, his consistent display enough to take the title. Alex was pushed all the way by Kyle Latto (Dundee) and Abi Johnston (D&G) who took home the silver and bronze respectively.

A full list of first, second and third placed players can be found below –

Class A – Players with a Physical Disability

Gold:     Fiona Muirhead (Individual)

Silver:   Tyler McLelland (Fife)

Bronze: Arthur Lawson / Fiona Hagenbuch (No Limits)

 

Class B – Players with a Learning Disability (Male)

Gold:     Hayden Keir (Dumfries & Galloway)

Silver:   Lee Duncan (Right on Target)

Bronze: Daniel Strang (No Limits) / Brian Boardman (Borders)

 

Class B – Players with a Learning Disability (Female)

Gold:     Rebekah Perry (Dundee)

Silver:   Jodie Lavin (LSO)

Bronze: Kim Burnett / Lisa Wilkie (LSO)

Class D – Junior Players under the age of 18 (all disability groups)

Gold:     Alex Medley (Dundee)

Silver:   Kyle Latto (Dundee)

Bronze: Abi Johnston (Dumfries & Galloway)

I would like to thank all players and coaches for travelling to the competition and making it a success.  I would also like to extend a sincere thank you to all individuals who assisted with refereeing / time keeping / results table - the competition could not run without your much needed and appreciated support.  

Lothian Disability Sport Lawn Bowls Championships 2018

Prizewinners

Lothian Disability Sport Lawn Bowls Championships 2018

Sunday 22 July 2018

Longniddry Bowling Club

Longniddry Bowling Club played host to the Lothian Disability Sport Lawn Bowls Championships on Sunday 22nd July for the fifth year in a row. Although entries were down on last year, due mainly to holidays and illness, the nine bowlers who took part enjoyed some close matches, with results not always going the way of the favourites.  First and second spots in the Ambulant (non restricted) section were taken by Glen Livingston and Billy Allan (both Fife) while the winner and runner up in the Ambulant (restricted) section were Stuart Chesby (Fife) and John McDonald (Lothian).  Trophies were presented by Club President, Gary Findlay.

The hospitality extended by the Club was very much appreciated by the bowlers and thanks were passed on by LDS to the six volunteer markers and the ladies who provided the teas/ coffees and lunch.  The players were also impressed by the state of the green and the excellent weather laid on and all are keen to return again next year.

If you have a disability and you are interested in the sport, please get in touch for more information – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 0131 475 2364.

Pictured: Prizewinners with Longniddry BC President Gary Findlay (missing Stuart Chesby)

2018 National Senior Swimming Championships (LD)

Lothian had a strong team of 11 swimmers represent the region at the recent SDS National Senior Swimming Championships (Learning Disabilities) at Tollcross International Swimming Centre on Saturday June 2nd 2018.

A total of 16 medals (9 Gold, 4 Silver and 2 bronze) were won by the Lothian team highlighting the fantastic performances on display. For the full list of results from the championships click here.

Lothian Disability Sport would like to thank all the coaches, volunteers and parents who came along to help and support the Lothian team.

For more information on swimming clubs and events in the Lothians, contact Jack Brodie on 0131 475 2364 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

SDS National Athletics Championships

Following the regional LDS Regional Athletics Championships, Lothian took a team of 23 athletes from 8 schools to the SDS National Athletics Championships in Grangemouth on Wednesday 6th June 2018. Results from the event can be found here.

LDS Regional Athletics Championships

Lothian Disability Track & Field Athletics 2018

 The LDS Track & Field Athletics Championship returned to Meadowmill on Thursday 10th May with over 50 young people from the Lothians attending the event. Once again, the event ran parallel to the East Lothian Youth Games which helped to contribute to the great atmosphere.

Lothian Disability Sport worked in partnership with East Lothian council, Scottish Disability Sport and Scottish Athletics to facilitate the event which provides the opportunity for individuals with a physical, sensory or learning disability to record times and distances in a variety of track and field events.  These results then allow the opportunity for athletes to be selected to represent the region in the Scottish Disability Sport National Event and therefore compete against other athletes from across the country. Both the Regional and National competitions provide the platform for young people to participate as the format allows different disabilities and athletic abilities the chance to compete against their peers with similar entry times / distances.

The event saw pupils from 10 schools across the region participate with representation from each of the Local Authorities. With Race Running included in the event programme for the first time, we saw a guest runner compete as part of Grampian Disability Sport in order to access more competitive opportunities within the event.

With 55 athletes taking part in the event, track & field athletics remains a popular fixture in the LDS Calendar of Events. Results from the event can be found.

If you are interested in finding out more surrounding opportunities in the area, please contact Jack on 0131 475 2364 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

SDS Senior Swimming Championships (PD) Results

Click here for the results from SDS Senior Swimming Championships for swimmers with a physical disability, held 21 April 2018.

LDS Carpet Bowls Championships

carpet bowls winners 2018

Winners and runners up showing their trophies after the LDS Carpet Bowls Championships held at Meadowmill Sports Centre on 14th Jan.
L to R Christina McSherry (R/up LD ladies ) Colin Robertson ( winner LD  men) Gillian Brown ( winner LD ladies) Neil Shirley (winner PD men) Alan Gordon (r/up LD men). All five will be competing in the SDS Carpet Bowls championships on 3rd February.

 

SCOTTISH JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS SWIMMERS WITH A LEARNING DISABILITY

Click here for the Scottish Junior Champ results for swimmers with a learning difficulty.  Held on 22nd November.  

RESULTS FOR SCOTTISH JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS FOR PHYSICALLY DISABLED AND SENSORY IMPAIRED SWIMMERS

For results from the above event on Wednesday 8th November please click here!

Lothian Schools Swim Gala Results - 2nd November

Congratulations to everyone who took part in this gala!  

Please click here for the results!

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