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“Jim the Swim’s” Life Story Published

“Jim the Swim’s” Life Story Published

Six time Paralympian and multi medal winner, Jim Anderson OBE has recently published his life story aptly sub titled, “a story of determination to live life to the full”.

Over the years, Jim has won over 400 medals, including six Paralympic gold’s, nine Paralympic silver’s and two Paralympic bronze. He has held numerous World Records, losing the last one, the 100m backstroke set in 2008, not broken until 2014. He has also been inducted into the Scottish Swimming and Scottish Disability Sport Hall of Fame. This is the story of his life (so far) and he hopes that you enjoy it.

Paperback £9.95 (plus £2.50 P&P) or Hardback £17.95 (plus £3.50 P&P)

Copies of Jim’s life story are available from;

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Also available as ebook for download for £3.99 from;

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Edinburgh's Ruairi Logan Serves Up Double Victory

Edinburgh's Ruairi Logan Serves Up Double Victory

Thirteen year old Ruairi Logan delivered a double blow at last weekend’s 2015 Tennis Foundation Wheelchair National & Development Series Final, claiming singles and doubles titles at Oxstalls Tennis Centre, Gloucester.

The Edinburgh based player, who has been playing wheelchair tennis for six years, blew his opposition away in the singles section as he claimed 3 wins in the round robin format without dropping a set and with a sensational record of 36-1 in games.  Ruairi was keen to play down the gap between the players, highlighting ‘he found it a challenge to beat Ben Johnson Rolfe’ in his first match.  The current Lothian Disability Sport Young Sports Person of the Year also defeated George Jeremiah and Nathaniel Lowe Cordingly on his way to securing the Junior Championship.

Ruairi, currently trains with Winning Wheels Wheelchair Tennis Club in addition to accessing coaching with mainstream players, was included in the GB team that participated earlier this year at the World Team Cup in Turkey.  The weekend was complete when the young Scot claimed doubles victory with partner Ben Johnson Rolfe, defeating the English pairing of Nathaniel Lowe Cordingly and George Jeremiah.

If you are interested in trying wheelchair tennis in the Lothian region, please get in touch to find out more on 0131 475 2364.  We are always keen to engage new players, whether you are just starting out or looking to reach the heights of Mr Logan – everyone is welcome.

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Paralympic Experience Event 2016

Paralympic Experience Event 2016

The East of Scotland Paralympic Experience Event is scheduled for Friday 18th March 2016 at Forrester/St Augustine's High School, Edinburgh, EH12 9AE.

The event has grown steadily since it was introduced in 2012 by Scottish Disability Sport, in partnership with Lothian Disability Sport and City of Edinburgh Council.  The event specifically targets young people with a physical or sensory impairment and is open to pupils from across the East of Scotland, providing the platform to try a variety of sports delivered by exeperienced local club coaches in a friendly and encouraging environment.  Last year, the event welcomed 50 young people from across the East of Scotland with 70% engaging with the opportunity for the first time.  From the number of new attendess, 59% went on to access further sporting opportunities through club engagement, additional events etc.  A report of the event to date can be dowloaded by clicking here

Furthermore, there will be an opportunity for parents to attend, meet the clubs and discuss the variety of sports on offer across the region.

For more information on this opportunity and to download an application form, please click here.  Alternatively, contact Neal Herbert on 0131 475 2364.

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Lothian Disability Schools Footy Event Hits the Back of the Net

Lothian Disability Schools Footy Event Hits the Back of the Net

This year’s football participatory event switched venues from HW University to Saltire Soccer Centre due to major refurbishments at the Riccarton Campus and the new Midlothian host really scored with the young people.

The format of the event allows the young players to experience the sport of football in an environment very much focused on participation.  The first session provides the opportunity to try five fun skill stations focusing on shooting, passing and dribbling, all led by experienced Scottish FA coaches.  The format allows for adaptations in the skills and drills to suit the ability of the young person, which ranged from beginner to competent players, and hopefully provides a positive introduction to the sport for some.  The second session encourages the young people to put their newly acquired skills into practice and play small sided friendly games against their peers from across the Lothian region – promoting social interaction as well as developing their technique.

In total, the event attracted 76 young people from across three local authorities with schools from East Lothian (Musselburgh GS), Edinburgh (Pilrig Park, Prospect Bank PS, Royal Blind School & Woodlands) and West Lothian (Cedarbank & Pinewood) attending the event at its new home.  In addition to the delivery from the SFA coaches, the event also benefited from the presence of 7 senior pupils from nearby Newbattle High School who supported the pupils through the skills and drills session by providing encouragement in a fun and enthusiastic manner.  The Midlothian Active Schools team were also on hand on the day to provide their support, in addition to their hard work in the lead up to the event.

Coaches from East Lothian disability football team Tranent Colts also supported delivery and provided valuable experience to the event, highlighting the regular opportunities that are available in the surrounding area.  Saltire Soccer Centre also plays host to a regular disability football session delivered through community club Dalkeith Thistle.  If you are interested to find out more about football opportunities in the area, please get in touch with Neal Herbert on 0131 475 2364 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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39 Swimmers Represent Lothian at National Junior Swim Championships

39 Swimmers Represent Lothian at National Junior Swim Championships

The success of the Lothian Schools swim qualifier provided the platform for 39 swimmers from the region to test themselves against their peers from across the country.

The Scottish Disability Sport National Junior Championships for swimmers with a physical disability or sensory impairment were held at Grangemouth Sports Complex on Wednesday 4th November and 9 swimmers were selected to represent Lothian – many experiencing this competition for the very first time.  Sam Downie, Luke Mary (Lothian Racers), Kate Bolan, Beth Norris (Livingston & District Dolphins – Rainbow Squad) and Samantha Gough (Loanhead Swim Team) were all newbies to the event and their weekly club sessions are obviously benefiting their stroke technique and confidence in the water.  Additionally, the continued development of brother’s Jamie and Kris Fleming (Lothian Racers) and Aaron and Corey McDowell (Livingston & District Dolphins – Rainbow Squad) is testament to the hard work that club coaches continue to offer and reinforcing the strong network of clubs across the region.  

It was a day of mixed success for the Lothian swimmers with some superb swimming and personal best times secured.  Special mention to Armadale Primary School pupil Kate Bolan who swan excellently through the day posting times of 1.00.80s (50m Back) and 57.72s (50m Free) to secure two personal bests.  Full results can be found by clicking here.

Tollcorss International Swim Centre in Glasgow played host to the Scottish Disability Sport National Junior Championships for swimmers with a learning disability on Wednesday 18th November.  Lothian were able to enter a 30 person strong team with many of the swimmers selected from schools such as Cedarbank (West Lothian), Saltersgate (Midlothian) and Woodlands (Edinburgh).  Again, amongst the team were many club swimmers who managed to put their hard work in training into practice and test themselves against young people of similar ability from across the country.  Livingston & District Dolphins – Rainbow Squad (Patrick Gamble, George Forbes, Alex McGuigan, Dylan Hurst), Lothian Racers (Emma Stewart, Keira McLeod, John Findlay, Lauren Queripel, Dylan and Sarah Bleakley), Lothian Waves (Ben Ibikunle) and Mercat Greats (Lucas Harthill, Cameron Burns and Taylor Baillie) were all extremely well represented in terms of attendance and performance on the day as many swimmers posted significant PB’s and secured a host of medals to take home.  Mainstream club swimmers Christian Buchanan (East Lothian Swim Team), Callum Todd (Fauldhouse Penguins) and Shannon Crosbie (Swim West Lothian).

Performances of note came from Saltersgate’s Lauren Queripel and Dylan Hurst of Meldrum PS (West Lothian) who swam well and secured two medals each.  Full results will be available here soon.

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Lothian Disability Badminton Club Host Riding of the Marches Festival

Lothian Disability Badminton Club Host Riding of the Marches Festival

A day of badminton took place at Musselburgh Sports Centre on Saturday 14th November in support of Musselburgh Riding of the Marches Year of Sport.

In the morning, over 40 participants enjoyed playing Badminton taster sessions including fun games with the Lothian Disability Badminton Club and East Lothian Badminton Club players and coaches.  Sessions were open to all players with or without a disability and their parents and helpers.  

The afternoon featured a more competitive atmosphere where teams of mixed ability/ disability participants battled it out in a closely fought and thrilling display of team badminton.  Lothian Disability Badminton Club and East Lothian Badminton Club were both exceptional in their support and contributions on the day.  The event featured Scottish National Team Players and National Coaches from as far afield as Ayrshire who came along to support the competition.  Despite this fierce competition it was Musselburgh duo, Fiona and Neil Cameron’s team ‘Smashers’ who emerged as eventual winners.

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Edinburgh Leisure Additional Supports Needs Diving Lessons

Edinburgh Leisure Additional Supports Needs Diving Lessons

Edinburgh Leisure is pleased to announce new Additional Support Needs Diving lessons at the Royal Commonwealth Pool.

Children will learn skills and dives from the poolside and diving boards at a pace they are comfortable with. All parents and carers are welcome to sit on poolside next to the lesson taking place and watch as well as assist if they wish. We ask that children are able to swim confidently in deep water without goggles.

Sessions are run by experienced coaches with a ratio of 1 coach to 3 divers. 

Lessons run:

Fridays 

18.00-18.30  18.40-19.20 

Sundays

10.30-11.00 11.10-11.40  

Contact Edinburgh Leisure on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 0131 270 9300 If you are interested in coming along.

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Livingston & District Dolphin Rainbow Squad Club Championships

Livingston & District Dolphin Rainbow Squad Club Championships

Livingston & District Dolphin Rainbow Squad Club Championships

The swimmers from Livingston and District Dolphins Rainbow Squad competed in their Club Championships over the weekend of 7th/8th November.  Twenty four swimmers competed in a variety of events ranging from width races for the Learn to Swim swimmers to longer distance events for the competitive squad swimmers.

Swimming in the Rainbow Squad Club Championships were: Merryn Binnie, Kate Bolan, Ellie Cockburn, Ethan Dunn, Ross Elliot, Sam Elliott, Stewart Farquhar, Calum Finnigan, George Forbes, Patrick Gamble, Brandon Gilmour-Griffiths, Scott Haggarty, Dean Hamilton, Aaron Hume, Johanna Hume, Dylan Hurst, Calum Leather, Aaron McDowell, Corey McDowell, Alexandra McGuigan, Beth Norris, Lucy Pollock, Nathan Snape, and Cameron Tweedie.

The swimmers are photographed being presented with their medals at the end of the event by the Rainbow Squad coaching team and Flipper the LDD mascot.

The Rainbow Squad top swimmer and most improved swimmer will be announced at the LDD awards evening on Wednesday 11 November.

The Club would like to thank all the coaches and parents for their ongoing support and help in organising and running the event.  Also, thanks to the poolside helpers and the officials.  Well done to all swimmers.

Graham Templeton

Chair, Livingston & District Dolphins

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Lothian Schools Inaugural Table Tennis Event a Smashing Success

Lothian Schools Inaugural Table Tennis Event a Smashing Success

The Royal High School in Edinburgh welcomed young people from around the Lothian region to participate in the first ever Table Tennis specific event held as part of the School Calendar of Events.

The day saw around 40 players of all ages and abilities experience a range of fun skill stations, allowing them to practice a whole variety of shots and techniques.  Experienced coaches from Murrayfield and Haddington TT Clubs were supported by ex National Head Coach David Fairholm and were on hand to provide guidance and support to the young people from Prospect Bank PS, Kaimes, Woodlands (all Edinburgh), Cedarbank (West Lothian) and Spark of Genius (East Lothian). 

Murrayfield TT Lead Coach, Lindsay Muir highlighted, ‘it’s fantastic to see so many young people having fun whilst playing Table Tennis and we would encourage anyone keen to play on a more regular basis to access the club’.  Murayfield TT Club are fully inclusive and welcome players of all ages with a physical, sensory or learning impairment to their club training sessions on a Monday evening (6.00pm – 7.30pm) at The Royal High School.

The event was an excellent piece of partnership work between Lothian Disability Sport, Edinburgh Active Schools, the Edinburgh Racquets Development Officer & Coaches, senior pupils from The Royal HS in addition to a whole range of volunteers.  This support, coupled with the input from the club coaches made the event a success for the young people and hopefully encouraged some to take up the activity on a more regular basis.  We all look forward to seeing everyone next year!

If you are interested in Table Tennis, please contact Neal Herbert on 0131 475 2364 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Please click here for the Murrayfield TT Club Flyer.

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Lothian Carpet Bowls Championships 2015

Lothian Carpet Bowls Championships 2015

Lothian Carpet Bowls Championships 2015

The annual Lothian Carpet Bowls Championships has been scheduled for Sunday 6th December 2015 at Musselburgh Sports Centre, East Lothian.  This event will be used as the Regiona qualifying event for the Scottish Disability Sport Carpet Bowls Championships which will be held in Dundee on Saturday 30th January 2016. 

 

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Disability Snowsport Taster Session - 6th/7th December

Disability Snowsport Taster Session - 6th/7th December

Interested in trying snowsports? Come along to Hillend to expereince the thrill on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th December........

This opportunity is open to individuals of all ages with a physical, learning or sensory impairment and the experienced tutors will provide a fun, safe and friendly environment to take part and enjoy the thrill of snowsports.  A range of adapted snowsports equipment will be on hand to try over the course of the weekend.

Where: Midlothian Snowsports Centre, EH10 7DU

When:  Saturday 5th December (10am – 2pm) & Sunday 6th December (1pm – 6pm)

Who:     Individuals of all ages and disabilities

Cost:      £15 per person (30 minute session) – booking is essential

To book, please call 0845 521 9338 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

If you require further information on this opportunity, please contact Louisa Oram on 0141 886 7289.

Please click here to download the flyer.

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ACERS After School Multi Sport Club

ACERS After School Multi Sport Club

ACERS is a multi sport club aimed at young people, aged between 5 and 18 years old with a physical, learning or sensory impairment.  The sessions provide young people young people the opportunity to try new sports and games in a safe, fun and friendly environment.

Details of the session are as follows –

Where: Edinburgh College (Granton Campus), 350 West Granton Road, EH5 1QE

When:  Monday afternoons, 3.45pm – 5.15pm (during term time)

Who: Young people aged between 5 and 18 years old

If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact Neal Herbert on 0131 475 2364 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Lothian Disability Badminton Club Making History!

Lothian Disability Badminton Club Making History!

Wednesday 21st October 2015 – Meadowbank Sports Centre

Lothian Disability Badminton Club (LDBC) smashed their way through history as they competed at the first Lothian League fixture of the season, creating a memorable night for all involved with the club. This is the first time LDBC have entered into the league, pioneering as the only disability badminton club to ever play in this mainstream competition.

The club players have never experienced a team event in a mainstream environment before now, therefore proving a big night for the boys but ultimately a fantastic showcase for the club and disability sport.

The 1st fixture saw LDBC v R(D)SVSVets, where team LDBC came out on top, winning convincingly 13 games to 5.   The chosen team for this match consisted of Bobby Laing, Colin Leslie, David Purdie, Adam Linton Main, Jamie Munro and Captain Alan Oliver – whose support and encouragement for the team was invaluable.

The league fixture saw our men’s team of 6 being divided into three pairings: Leslie with Purdie, Linton Main with Munroe and Oliver with Laing. Each pairing played 3 doubles matches on the night with two of pairings bringing home maximum points.

Massive congratulations to the team on the night and the club as a whole.  LDBC continue to break new ground across disability badminton & sport in the Lothian region and continue to introduce new dimensions to the club.

LDBC have 4 fixtures to play later on in the year and into 2016 – keep up the hard work guys and I’m sure the club will continue to grow in stature.

Emma Foley

Lothian Disability Badminton Club

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LDBC to hold Come and Try session on Saturday 14th March

LDBC to hold Come and Try session on Saturday 14th March

Lothian Disability Badminton Club (LDBC) are holding a ‘Come & Try Taster Morning’ on Saturday 14th November at Musselburgh Sports Centre and would like to welcome potential players of all ages and disabilities to come along and try the sport.

The club are celebrating the Riding of The Marches Festival in Musselburgh and are keen to invite new players along to get involved with Badminton.  This event will follow a similar format to the Lothian Schools Disability Badminton Festival, where the morning will be filled with fun skill based stations introducing players to the sport and the club.  The details of the session can be found below –

When: Saturday 14th November 2015 (10am – 12noon)

Where: Musselburgh Sports Centre, Musselburgh, East Lothian, EH21 7AS.

Who: Players of all ages with a physical or learning disability.

For more information contact Emma Foley on: 07534 143274 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Powerchair Football in Edinburgh and the Lothian Region

Powerchair Football in Edinburgh and the Lothian Region

Powerchair Football in Scotland has grown rapidly since 2012 with a number of clubs being created and offering opportunities for Powerchair participants to compete in sport and meet their peers in a fun environment. At this current time there is no Powerchair provision in Edinburgh or surrounding local authorities with the closest opportunity being Dundee.

We have already identified some potential participants across Edinburgh’s schools but we are looking to consult with as wide a group of potential participants as possible and therefore at this stage we are just asking parents/carers and children and young people to let us know if they like to take up this opportunity to gauge if there is sufficient interest.  The opportunity will be open to individuals from Edinburgh and the Lothian region so if you are interested in hearing more about getting involved then please get in touch.

We have consulted with already established clubs across Scotland to assess the benefits for the players who currently take part in Powerchair Football and players have fed back the many positives of participation in the sport:

  • Feeling part of a team
  • Improved wheelchair skills which are transferable and benefit everyday life
  • Making new friends
  • Improved confidence

Please contact Neal Herbert, Lothian Disability Sport should you have any further queries at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 0131 475 2364.

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Schools Swim Qualifier Attracts Large Entry

Schools Swim Qualifier Attracts Large Entry

Lothian Schools Disability Swim Qualifier 2015

Tuesday 6th October 2015 – Dalkeith School Campus

The Lothian Schools Swim Qualifier attracted a record number of entries from a record number of schools – with 81 swimmers participating from a very encouraging 20 schools.  The swim gala acts as a qualifying event for the Scottish Disability Sport Championships for swimmers with a physical disability or sensory impairment (4th November) and also swimmers with a learning disability (18th November).  Times are recorded from the Regional event and a Lothian squad is then selected to represent the region at the National event, giving swimmers the opportunity to test themselves against individuals from other areas of the country.

Dalkeith Schools Campus provided the venue for the event and accommodated the gala superbly throughout the day and also during the lead up to the event, allowing all swimmers an enjoyable experience throughout.  Further Midlothian support was provided from the region’s Active Schools Team and senior pupils from both Dalkeith and St David’s HS, as Sarah Wright and the large group of young volunteers were on hand to guide swimmers over the course of the day.  Additional support from local officials enables the gala to run, without their experience, enthusiasm and significant contribution we would not be able to provide this opportunity for the young people.

Swimmers were well represented from all four local authorities with many mainstream schools engaging with the event which is very encouraging as we continue to strive to provide sporting opportunities for young people with a disability.  Swimmers attending for the first time are given chance to improve training times, gain confidence and build relationships with their peers while experienced swimmers are looking to qualify for the National Championships, renew rivalries with other swimmers and continue their development in the pool.  All swimmers are there to have an enjoyable experience and through this are keen to access further swimming opportunities across the region.

If you are looking for further information on swimming opportunities in the area, please get in touch on 0131 475 2364 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Lothian Special Olympics Host Memorable Festival of Sport

Lothian Special Olympics Host Memorable Festival of Sport

Lothian Special Olympics hosted a Multi Sports Festival for Special Olympics Athletes from across Great Britain, welcoming a massive ten regions to participate in a wide range of activities on the weekend of 26th and 27th September.

Athletes from as far as Yorkshire and Humberside were given the opportunity to participate alongside their peers in Boccia, Carpet Bowling, Judo, Netball and Swimming.  There was also a fun football competition which saw staff from Blackrock Wealth Management take on the LSO football players.  The event also saw opening and closing ceremonies each day, with the sessions beginning with Special Olympic Athletes entering with the flame and concluding  with all athletes being recognised for their considerable efforts as they deservedly received medals or ribbons.

The weekend saw the ‘Festival of Sport’ take over Dalkeith School Campus, using three games halls, outside aesthetic pitches, swimming pool amongst others spaces as 163 athletes and 28 coaches and team managers enjoyed a wide range of sports – while officials, family and friends also enjoyed the outstanding atmosphere throughout the weekend.

LSO and Blackrock have been working in partnership for the previous number of months to provide this opportunity for the Special Olympic athletes.  Blackrock recently chose Lothian Special Olympics as their charity of the year and have been able to offer financial support to the organisation, providing the platform for the volunteers of LSO to plan, co-ordinate and deliver the ‘Festival of Sport’. 

The amount of work that was undertaken in the build up and on the day of the event should not be underestimated and huge credit should be given to the whole team that was involved in the hugely successful weekend.  Elaine McKenna, the recent recipient of the Elspeth Watson Trophy at the Scottish Disability Sport Annual Awards for her devotion to disability sport, continued this incredible work and was delighted with the teamwork, commitment and enthusiasm on display throughout the weekend.  The effort was there for all to see and this was clearly reflected in the faces of the athletes, coaches, family and friends of the Special Olympic community.  Roll on next time……………

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Lothian Schools Disability Badminton Festival

Lothian Schools Disability Badminton Festival

Once again, Meadowmill sports centre welcomed a number of young people from across the Lothian region for the annual Schools Disability Badminton Festival held on Wednesday 30th September.

The event provides school aged young people the opportunity to try badminton, introducing them to the sport in a fun and engaging way.  Around 40 young people enjoyed the half day event, which was again delivered by Lothian Disability Badminton Club (LDBC) coaches and volunteers, as the club continue to strongly support the events within the LDS calendar of events.  Players from the club, Ross Foley and Colin Leslie led various aspects of the session before providing the young participants with an excellent demonstration of Para Badminton as the two played a small match – displaying the skills they recently showcased at the World Para Badminton Championships in England, where they proudly represented Scotland.

Christine Black, East Lothian Badminton Development Officer, took the overall lead on the session as schools from Edinburgh (Kaimes, Pilrig Park and Towerbank PS) and West Lothian (Cedarbank) travelled to the region and enjoyed a fun packed morning of Badminton with some showing real potential as players for the future.

If you are interested in disability badminton, please contact (LDBC) Head Coach Lyndon Williams on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 07846 275132.

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Lothian Coaches and Athletes Recognised by Scottish Disability Sport

Lothian Coaches and Athletes Recognised by Scottish Disability Sport

Stirling Court Hotel provided the new home for the Scottish Disability Sport AGM this year, attracting a record attendance with around 150 athletes, coaches, volunteers, branch members, representatives from governing bodies all present to hear the work that SDS have been successfully undertaking over the last 12 months.

SDS Chair Janice Eaglesham was elected into the position for another three years and carried out the formalities of the evening, while SDS CEO Gavin McLeod praised the incredible success of the Scottish athletes over the last year while highlighting the huge number of International events that Scottish athletes have attended.  Events such as the IPC World Swim Championships recently held in Glasgow and the Special Olympic World Games held in Los Angeles over the summer months.  Another International event where Scottish athletes excelled was the CPISRA World Games, held in Nottingham during August.  The games were re-introduced after a 10 year break and Race Running coach and part of the Scotland coaching team for the event, Peter Drysdale gave an insight to the games.  Peter has been instrumental in the development of Race Running in Scotland over the last couple of years and provided a background into the sport and the plan for the future while also touching on the development of the games.

Formalities and presentations were followed by the annual awards ceremony, recognising the outstanding achievements of the athletes, coaches and volunteers across the country.  This year, Lothian were extremely well represented amongst the awards with both athletes and coaches being recognised for the significant work and level of achievement they have produced over the last 12 months.  Lothian Disability Badminton Coach Lyndon Williams was recognised with the SDS Plaque in recognition of support given to disability sport in Scotland while Lothian Phoenix coach Tina Gordon picked up the Russell Hogg Trophy for Development Coach of the Year.  Elaine McKenna (Lothian Special Olympics) was recognised for her devotion to disability sport for the past 22 years, receiving the Elspeth Watson Trophy.  Winning Wheels Wheelchair Tennis player Ruairi Logan was presented with the Russell Hogg Bursary to further support his development on the court.  The Edinburgh based player has recently represented Great Britain at the World Cup in Turkey and finished runner up at the Sainsbury's School Games in Manchester a couple of weeks ago.

This topped off a great evening for Lothian athletes and coaches and highlights the incredible work that is going on in the region through providing and developing opportunities to participate in disability sport.

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Lothian Schools Triumph at Toryglen

Lothian Schools Triumph at Toryglen

Scottish Disability Sport  7-a-side Championships

Lothian Schools put in an impressive performance at the SDS National Championships on Wednesday 16th - claiming victory in the Junior Band B Division after defeating Carrongrange of Forth Valley 3-2 in a closely contested final.

The Lothian team comprised of players who performed well throughout the previous school year, with the winners (West Calder) and runners up (Woodlands) of the School League making up the squad of 8 players.  The Lothian youngsters recorded a hard fought 0-0 draw in their first group match (Carrongrange) before recording impressive victories against Letham A (6-0) and Claremont Colts (9-0) to proceed as group winners, leading to another match with 4th place finishers in the group - Claremont Colts.  Again the Lothian side were too strong for the East Kilbride youngsters and booked their place in the final. 

The final saw Declan Murray (Woodlands) put his side in front from the penalty spot before Carrongrange levelled the scores at 1-1.  Lothian then took the lead for a second time with a goal from West Cader's Callum Race before Murray put through his own net to level the scores once more and setting up a tense finish to the match.  The match was settled by an excellent finish from Steven Meek (West Calder) and Lothian were crowned Band B Champions.  The Lothian squad of players can be found below -

Mike Eusepi (Woodlands)

Declan Murray (Woodlands)

Matthew Power (Woodlands)

Ben Thompson (Woodlands)

Dan Fletcher (West Calder)

Steven Meek (West Calder)

Callum Race (West Calder)

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This section will include all the latest news and updates on disability sport across the Lothian region - information on Regional and National events can be found in the Event Section of the website.

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