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The Flying Scott takes Silver at the IPC World Swimming Championships!

The Flying Scott takes Silver at the IPC World Swimming Championships!

Scott Quin continued this year's impressive form at the IPC World Swimming Championships at Tollcross Swimming Centre, Glasgow - with the man from Loanhead, Midlothian claiming silver and only losing out to the ever impressive Marc Evers from the Netherlands.

The Flying Scott qualified second fastest from the SB14 100m Breaststroke heats behind Dutch Swimmer Evers and this pattern was set to continue during the evening's final.  Quin, who was superbly welcomed poolside by his Warrender Baths Club colleagues and the majority of the partisan Tollcross crowd, looked great going into 50 meters where he lost some momentum on the turn and ultimately couldn't quite make the distance up - posting a time of 1.07.10 and touching at exactly the same time as current World Record holder, Yasuhiro Tanaka of Japan.  Quin, the current LDS Sports Person of the Year, was in great company on the podium for his first medal at World level and explained after the race, 'I'm feeling in the right place.  Everything is going good' before adding, 'To be honest, it is quite surreal to think how much I've came on being a late developer in the sport.'

The man with the lucky trunks will be hoping he gets the chance to wear them in Rio next year - it's all looking good!!

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Lothian athletes selected for the Scottish Disability Sport Academy 2015

Lothian athletes selected for the Scottish Disability Sport Academy 2015

Congratulations to the Lothian athletes recently selected for the Scottish Disability Sport Athlete Academy for 2015 - highlighted below:

Archery               Nathan MacQueen (West Lothian)         

Badminton          Fiona Christie (Edinburgh)

Badminton          Colin Leslie (Midlothian)

Swimming           Stephen Clegg (Edinburgh)

W/c Basketball    Robyn Love (Edinburgh)                          

The Scottish Disability Sport Athlete Academy is a support structure for talented athletes who have the potential to progress onto World Class Performance Programmes (WCPP).  The academy offers financial support at an integral stage in an athlete's development and underpins the sportscotland institute of sport (SIS).

SDS has a strong working relationship with Scottish Governing Bodies of Sport (SGBs) and we invite nominations from them for our Academy.  Athletes are selected based on strict criteria relating to performance levels, attitude to training and commitment to their sport.  Each athlete must be eligible to compete for Scotland and have aspirations of reaching podium level for Great Britain. 

Gary Fraser, Scottish Disability Sport, commented: “It is an exciting time to be involved in performance disability sport, and the standard of athlete that has been selected for the SDS Athlete Academy indicates a promising future for Scottish para athletes competing on the international stage.  This year’s Academy is the largest to date and this growth can be attributed to the increased focus from SDS, and other SGB partners, in developing performance pathways.  The SDS Academy, as a support mechanism, comes in at the right time in an athlete’s journey, and provides a much needed sustenance en route to WCPP level.”

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LDS Annual General Meeting and Awards

LDS Annual General Meeting and Awards

The Lothian Disability Sport (LDS) Annual General Meeting (AGM) for 2014/2015 was held at Caledonia House, South Gyle on Thursday 25th June and there was good representation from local clubs and athletes with around 45 people in attendance.  This proceeded the Annual Awards Ceremony as LDS continue to recognise the huge impact that athletes, volunteers, coaches and teams have in sport across the Lothian area.  The awards ceremony gives LDS the opportunity to celebrate these achievements and are proud to have such talented, dedicated and enthusiastic individuals within the region.

LDS presents a total of six awards and a brief description of the winners is detailed below:

Senior Sports Person: Scott Quin - Scott wins the award for the second year running after he continued his hugely impressive form into 2015.  The Warrender Elite Squad swimmer secured silver at the IPC European Championships in Eindhoven last year and carried this form into 2015, breaking the SB14 100m Breaststroke world record as Scotland claimed victory at the British Gas Disability Championships in Manchester - only to better this time at the Scottish Short Course Championships at his home pool in Edinburgh a week later.  The Midlothian man is also only one of two Scots to be included in the GB squad due to compete at the IPC World Championships in Glasgow in mid July. 

Young Sports Person: Ruairi Logan - The young wheelchair tennis player has been a member of Edinburgh based club Winning Wheels since 2009, demonstrating exceptional dedication towards training and competition.  Ruairi currently trains five times per week, taking part in both individual wheelchair tennis sessions and group sessions with ambulant juniors of a similar age and ability.  This hard work has paid off and Ruairi was recently selected for the GB Junior Wheelchair tennis team, competing in Turkey and testing himself against the top seed at the competition.

Club of the Year: Livingston & District Dolphins - Rainbow Squad - The West Lothian club were able to facilitate their first disability specific swimming gala at the beginning of June, providing another competitive swimming opportunity for the swimmers of Lothian.  The gala is the latest development from the club, having increased members, found additional pool time, facilitated extra training sessions and recruited more poolside volunteers and coaches who are able to assist non-swimmers, improvers, stroke development and competitive swimmers.  Livingston & District Dolphins also act inclusively, providing full integration with the competitive section of the club and some Rainbow Squad members are currently training with the mainstream section's silver squad.  The increased number of swimmers can be easily identified through entry to recent LDS Gala's with the Rainbow Squad now amongst the biggest club entry across the Lothian region.

Coach of the Year: Niall Ritchie - Niall has been coaching wheelchair basketball for 5 years and this year saw his under 15 side become National Junior League Champions after a triumphant visit to Nottingham for the National Finals.  In addition to this role Niall is also heavily involved with the Scotland programme, acting as head coach for the under 15's and assistant to the under 23 squad.  As a result of his undoubted d dedication, Niall regularly commits four hours per week to coaching and many weekends are spent travelling to Leeds for National league matches - all on top of juggling a full time job and supporting additional programmes and events delivered by Lothian Disability Sport and partner organisations.

Endeavour Award: Ross Foley - Ross has been playing badminton with Lothian Disability Badminton Club (LDBC) since its formation in 2008, rarely missing a training night or event the club support.  This commitment is now paying dividends and Ross is now at a standard of play which enables him to compete at the 4 Nations Disability Events across the United Kingdom, winning a gold medal in the Junior SS6 category Boys Doubles earlier this year.  However, his friendly positive attitude off the court is what makes him such a popular club member and these characteristics are the reasoning behind the nomination from his club coaches.

Jim Anderson OBE Bursary - Stephen Clegg - Stephen was the deserving winner of the cash award presented in recognition of Jim Anderson's outstanding achievements in the sport and link with LDS.  Stephen has developed superbly since his transition to East Lothian Swim Team and under the guidance of coach Bruce Halloran is reaching new levels in his performance which has only wetted his appetite to emulate his siblings and reach a Paralympic Games himself.

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Lothian Leopards Disability Athletics Club - Race Running 'Launch Day'

Lothian Leopards Disability Athletics Club - Race Running 'Launch Day'

Lothian Leopards Disability Athletics Club (LLDAC) were delighted to host the 'launch day' for their new running bikes on Saturday 20th June at club's home, Meadowmill.

LLDAC Head Coach Jean Dobson has worked closely with Lothian Disability Sport over the past 12 months and were lucky enough to secure funding from the Bank of Scotland Community fund, enabling the club to purchase two running bikes and provide another opportunity for young people with a disability in the Lothian region.  In addition, Enjoy Leisure have also supported the club's vision and also purchased two running bikes which will also be used by members during club sessions.  The bikes will be the first across the East region of Scotland and proves to be a extremely significant development.

The race running bike is a three wheeled cycle with no pedals which supports riders as they walk/run.  They are designed for those with a disability that affect mobility, balance and co-ordination, such as cerebral palsy.  The lightweight frame and low rolling resistance, little effort is required to propel the bike.

The 'launch day' was supported by Enjoy Leisure, Lothian Disability Sport and East Lothian's Athletics Development Officer, Jamie Bowie.  The day was also lucky to have coaches from the ACE Race Running Club in South Ayrshire attend - Peter and Margaret Drysdale using their considerable experience to provide some valuable input and information for coaches and athletes alike.  In total, the day attracted 13 young people along - some who had experience of running bikes and some individuals trying the sport for the first time.  We hope that these athletes will engage on a regular basis and strengthen the club and race running in the East as a whole.

If you would like further information on this opportunity, please contact Neal Herbert on 0131 475 2364 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Wheelchair Tennis Camp - Craiglockhart

Wheelchair Tennis Camp - Craiglockhart

The Tennis Foundation and Tennis Scotland are running a one day Wheelchair Tennis Camp at Craiglockhart Tennis Centre in Edinburgh again this Summer.

Date:  8th August 2015

Day: Saturday

Time: 10am-4pm

Level:  Beginners and improvers (suitable for players that have never played before also)

Cost: £15 includes a packed lunch

Coaches: Kevin Simpson & Anna Myatt

Bookings are being taken online please click on the link below to book your place.

http://www3.lta.org.uk/Tennis-Foundation/Tennis-for-Disabled-People/Disability-Camps/

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East Lothian Disability Swimming Development Day

East Lothian Disability Swimming Development Day

This event will be delivered by Enjoy Leisure, in partnership with Scottish Disability Sport and Scottish Swimming, to promote disability swimming and encourage any individual to come along and find out more about the opportunities and pathways in place.   

The session will be led by qualified coaches with extensive knowledge and experience, and local clubs will be on hand to support any swimmer looking to join.  This will also provide an ideal opportunity for others to start following in the footsteps of many successful disability swimmers from the region.

When:     Sunday 21 June 2015

Where:    Musselburgh Sport Centre

Who:        Physical & Sensory impairments: 10.00am – 11.00am and Learning Disabilities: 11.00am – 12.00pm

For more information contact Karen Fergusson on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 07803 203 668.

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Lothian Open Boccia Championships

Lothian Open Boccia Championships

The Jack Kane Sports Centre, Edinburgh - Saturday 13th June 2015

The second Lothian Open Boccia Championships were held on Saturday at The Jack Kane Centre, Edinburgh and over 60 players enjoyed a packed day of competition.  The entry had increased by around 20 from the introduction of the competition into the calendar last year and it was great to see so many individuals participating in the sport at a Regional level.  Around 40 of the players entered were from the Lothian region with No Limits, East of Scotland Boccia Club, Edinburgh Leisure's High Flyers, Capability Scotland and Lothian Special Olympics all providing a strong presence from the local area.  The competition was also complimented by clubs, players and coaches from Dundee, Forth Valley and Dumfries and Galloway, allowing for entirely fresh competition for a wide range of players.

The event was split into four sections, Class A - players with a physical disability, Class B - players with a learning disability (male and female sections), Class C - players with assistive devices and Class D - junior players (all disability groups under the age of 18).  Each section was played in a round robin format, providing a number of matches for all players involved.

Capability Scotland and East of Scotland Boccia Club (EoS) provided the majority of players for Class A, however it was the visitors from Forth Valley who dominated the section with Callum Glasgow claiming victory in the final against John McAlloney.  Heather Nicolson (EoS) pipped fellow club member Jim Anderson OBE (EoS) to the bronze medal match, coming from 5-0 down after 2 ends to win 6-5.

The semi final stages of Class B saw a strong Lothian representation in both the male and female sections.  It was experienced player Kirsty McCallum from No Limits who claimed victory in the female draw, defeating Pamela Robbie of Dundee Boccia Club to take the title.  No Limits were also represented in the final of the male draw, however Daniel Strang was defeated by Darren Rooney of Forth Valley on this occasion.  Two Lothian Special Olympics players, Scott Bruce and Philippa Robertson were unlucky to miss out on the final, both claiming 3rd place overall with strong performances in the bronze medal matches.

Dundee Boccia Club were also heading home with a gold medal, as Hannah Craig performed superbly throughput the day and claimed victory in Class C for players with assistive devices.  Hannah was convincing during the group stages and carried this form into the knock out stages,  defeating club mate Margaret Torrie in the semi final and then Sean McCann (EoS) in the final.  Last year's winner Sean McCann also performed well throughout and defeated Forth Valley's Aaron Widd (3rd place) at the semi final stage.

The competition welcomed six junior players along this year and this Class was dominated by the young men from Annandale and Eskdale.  Hayden Keir and Christian Mason met in the final after defeating Vassilis Gregoriou (High Flyer's) and Cameron Millar (Dundee Boccia Club), respectively, in the semi final stage - with Hayden Keir coming out on top and taking the gold back to Dumfries and Galloway.  

Due to the volume of matches played throughout the day, the event relied heavily on the time and expertise provided by a number of volunteers, coaches and supporters to officiate across all sections.  Without this support, the event would not be able accommodate this size of entry so a huge thanks goes out to all those who provided assistance with refereeing, time & score keeping and laying/setting up courts.

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Scottish Disability Sport Junior Track & Field Athletics

Scottish Disability Sport Junior Track & Field Athletics

Wednesday 3rd June - Grangemouth Athletics Stadium

Lothian were able to enter a strong team of 21 athletes from across the region at the annual SDS junior track and field athletics at Grangemouth.  Many athletes from Woodlands (Edinburgh), Cedarbank (West Lothian), Saltersgate (Midlothian) and Kaimes (Edinburgh) were looking to better performances from previous years while newcomers to the event were experiencing the competition for the first time.  The selection team were able to enter a healthy number to the National competition due to the impressive turnout at the Regional event three weeks earlier which is very encouraging for the area.

Aaron and Corey McDowell (East Calder PS, West Lothian) are experiencing athletics for the first time after attending the Regional event and securing a place at the National event, going on to win medals in the 60m and Standing Long Jump.  Kate Snodgrass (Cuiken PS, Midlothian) also bettered her performance at the Regional event, shaving an impressive 8 seconds of her 800m time from the Regional event and claiming medals in the 100m and 800m.  There was also notable performances from Amy MacBeath (Lasswade PS, Midlothian) as she recorded PB's in the 60m and 100m and Matthew Power (Woodlands) who claimed medals in the 100m and 1500m.  Jonathan Watson and Chloe Wilson (both Saltersgate) showed the way in the Shot Putt, both throwing imposing distances to win themselves a medal.

Well done to all athletes who competed and represented Lothian superbly throughout a long day of sport.  Thank you is extended to all support staff and parents who supported the event and ensured that all athletes were given the opportunity to participate.

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No limits, recognised with Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service for 2015

No limits, recognised with Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service for 2015

 

A voluntary group from West Lothian who work in the community to provide sporting and social opportunities for children and young people with a disability has been honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK.

The club  operate a multi sports club which meets weekly at Linlithgow, a Boccia Club which meets weekly at Bathgate and in conjunction with Lothian Disability Sport do Archery for the Disabled at Blackburn Community Centre. They also organise Ten Pin Bowling Competitions in Livingston and weekend and weeklong activity holidays/breaks.

Anne and Stuart Gurney  from No Limits attended a garden party at Buckingham Palace/ on 20th May where they met the Queen and other winners of this year’s award.

 No Limits  is one of 187 charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups to receive the prestigious award this year. The number of awards handed out to groups have increased by over 60% from 2014, due to an increase in high quality applications, showing that the voluntary sector is thriving and full of innovative ideas to tackle community challenges.

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service is the highest award given to local volunteer groups across the UK to recognise outstanding work in their communities. The awards were created in 2002 to celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee and winners are announced each year on 2 June – the anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation. Award winners this year range from Ablaze, a charity helping to raise academic achievement amongst disadvantaged young people in Bristol to a volunteer rescue boat service on Loch Lomond.

No Limits will receive the award from the Lord Lieutenant of West Lothian later this summer.

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service Committee Chair, former broadcast journalist Martyn Lewis CBE said:

“I warmly congratulate all of the inspirational voluntary groups who have been rewarded for their community work with a Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. The judging panel for this year’s awards were struck by the quality and breadth of all the successful groups. The thousands of volunteers who give up spare time to help others in their community and to help solve problems demonstrate the best of democracy in action.”

 Paul Weddell, the club’s secretary said  “The Club are extremely proud and feel honoured by such a prestigious award, we are shortly going to celebrate our 20th anniversary and our success  has all been down to the commitment of parents, carers    and volunteers. The voluntary sector is very strong in West Lothian and there are numerous opportunities to get involved in lots of different areas. We work closely with other voluntary bodies and we want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has supported us in the past.”    

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Crags All Ability Bike Event

Crags All Ability Bike Event

Friday 19 June 2015

10:00 - 15.00

Venue: Crags Sports Centre/Skelf, 10 Bowmont Place, EH8 9RY

This is a great opportunity to find a bike or trike that works for you, whatever your ability. This year we're welcoming adapted cycling specialists Get Cycling CiC from York. They'll be bringing a range of machines including tandems, trikes, a quadricycle, a handcycle and a wheelchair transporter.

Add to this Get Cycling's friendly and knowledgeable staff and we reckon you won't find a better chance to find out just what is possible under your own power or with assistance. This range will be complemented with a couple of recumbent trikes from Laid Back Bikes. Look in and enjoy a day of cycling diversity. Snacks from Donald – well known for his catering at Southside Community Centre.

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Edinburgh wheelchair basketball player heads for Team GB

Edinburgh wheelchair basketball player heads for Team GB

 

Edinburgh based charity Ecas, which works with physically disabled people in Edinburgh and the Lothians, is supporting a wheelchair basketball player who is heading to Worcester with the hope of joining Team GB and being selected for the Paralympic Games in Rio 2016. 

Robyn Love, who has previously represented Scotland, has received support to help her buy a new wheelchair, as well as with some of the general costs of participating at the highest levels.

David Griffiths, chief executive of Ecas, commented: “Ecas is keen to support people with physical disabilities to fulfil their potential at whatever level they can.  Our grants provide a wide range of support for people every year; from basic furniture and equipment to holidays or specialist support such as assisting Robyn with the costs of her wheelchair.  We are also delighted to have been working with Scottish Disability Sport to provide funds for athletes with a disability seeking to make the breakthrough to the top levels.  Robyn Love is an excellent example of that.”

Gary Fraser of Scottish Disability Sport, said: “we are delighted to have developed a strong relationship with Ecas in order to financially support our athletes striving to realise their potential as a performance athlete.  These funds are administered alongside our Athlete Academy - a support mechanism underpinning the sportscotland Institute of Sport – that supports athletes at an integral stage of their development.  Robyn is a member of the Academy and we have been extremely impressed with her emergence and development over the past 12 months.  We wish her all the best in her new training environment in Worcester, where she will battle to be part of the GB team, and hopefully reach the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio”.

Robyn Love, commented: “The funding for my new chair and the support I have received in moving down to Worcester has been vital in supporting my development as an elite athlete.  I would like to thank Ecas and Scottish Disability Sport for their generosity and support in my bid to be the first Scottish person to represent GB in a Major tournament for 15 years.  My first objective is to be selected for the European Championships in August this year and hopefully I can make the team for the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio.  The work SDS and Ecas do is incredible, and they make a real difference in assisting people with a disability realise their full potential.”

For further information please contact:

Ecas

David Griffiths: 0131 475 2344      This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Scottish Disability Sport

Gary Fraser: 0131 625 4412         This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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First Running Bikes in East of Scotland Arrive at Meadowmill

First Running Bikes in East of Scotland Arrive at Meadowmill

Lothian Leopards Disability Athletics Club and enjoyleisure are delighted to announce the arrival of four disability running bikes at the East Lothian Athletics Arena, at Meadowmill - a first for East Lothian, and a first for the East of Scotland.

The ‘Petra RaceRunners’ or ‘Running Bike’ is a three wheeled cycle with no pedals which supports riders as they walk / run.   They are designed for those who have disabilities which affect mobility, balance and coordination, such as Cerebral Palsy, Muscular Dystrophy, Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinsons Disease, but can be benefited by so many others.  With a lightweight frame and very low rolling resistance, very little effort is required to propel the bike.

A total of 4 bikes, ranging in size suitable for 6-13 year olds, have been purchased for use by athletics disability club Lothian Leopards at their weekly training sessions on Thursday evening 6pm-7pm at Meadowmill Sports Centre.  They will also be available to other users.  Contact Meadowmill Sports Centre on 01875 619079 for more details.   Funding for the bikes, costing a total of £6k was provided by enjoyleisure and a grant awarded to Lothian Leopards via the Bank of Scotland Community Fund. 

To officially welcome their arrival Lothian Leopards are holding an Open Day on Saturday 20th June at Meadowmill Sports Centre (athletics track), between 1pm -3pm.  During the event, there will be an opportunity for young people to try the bikes for themselves, as well as a range of other athletics activities and learn more about what the club has to offer.

Attending the event and showcasing the bikes capabilities will be 14 year old World RunningBike Champion Gavin Drysdale, from Ace RaceRunning Club in South Ayrshire.  In 2014, Gavin represented Scotland at the International Wheelchairs & Amputee Sports Federation World Junior Games at Stoke Mandeville and returned with 4 Gold Medals.

Jean Dobson, Head Coach for Lothian Leopards comments; “We are absolutely thrilled to have the RunningBikes at Meadowmill.  They truly are a fantastic innovation that dramatically increase the opportunities for young people to actively participate in sporting activities and discover speed, agility and movement that previously would have been deemed unavailable to them.”  

Neal Herbert, Brand Disability Sport Co-ordinator for Lothian Disability Sport adds; “We’re delighted to welcome the RunningBikes into East Lothian.  We’re hopeful their arrival will boost participation in disability sport in the Lothian area.”

Scottish Commonwealth Athlete and Athletics Development Officer for enjoyleisure, Jamie Bowie commented; “enjoyleisure was delighted to support Lothian Leopards request to assist fund the bikes.  The excitement and sheer joy of the youngsters utilising the bikes is clear for everyone to see.  I urge anyone who could benefit from using the bikes to come along to the open day and try them for themselves!”

General Manager Bill Axon added, “enjoyleisure’s fundamental aims is to facilitate opportunities for the participation and enjoyment of sport for all members of the local community.   The arrival of these bikes in East Lothian enables more young people with disabilities to have the opportunity to get involved in sporting activities.”

Lothian Leopards Open Day: 1pm – 3pm Saturday 20th June at Meadowmill Sports Centre.

For further information about the event and Lothian Leopards please contact Jean Dobson (Head Coach) on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / 07882 376338 or Neal Herbert on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 0131 475 2364.

 

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The Yard/Play to Learn Football Sessions

The Yard/Play to Learn Football Sessions

The Yard/Play to Learn Football Sessions

Are you interested in football?  Looking for somewhere to show off your skills?   

The Yard in partnership with Paly2Learn, are running a football project starting on Tuesday 28th April 2015.  For 14 weeks, you can develop your social, emotional, listening and football skills - and have fun at the same time.

If you would like to take part and are 5+ years, please get in touch with Ronnie McQueen on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The sessions will run at the following times on a Tuesday evening -

4.15pm - 5.00pm (primary school aged young people)

5.00pm - 6.00pm (secondary aged young people)

at North Merchiston Boys Club, 48 Watson Crescent, EH11 1EP.

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Scottish Disability Sport Senior Championships for Swimmers with a Learning Disability

Scottish Disability Sport Senior Championships for Swimmers with a Learning Disability

Tollcross International Swimming Centre, Glasgow

Saturday 23rd May 2015

Tollcross International Swimming Centre welcomed well over 220 swimmers from across the country to participate in the SDS Senior Championships for swimmers with a learning disability.  The venue, which hosted the swimming at last year's Commonwealth Games and will host the IPC World Championships in July, was the ideal setting for some excellent performances in the pool from a wide selection of Lothian swimmers.  

Swimmers from Lothian Racers, Loanhead Swim Team, Faldhouse Penguins, Swim West Lothian and Warrender Baths Club were given the opportunity to represent a 16 strong Lothian team who were aiming to produce PB's and secure medals and points for the region.  Points gained by all swimmers would be calculated at the end of the day, with the winners claiming the Kintore Trophy.  The day saw some excellent performances with swimmers coming through heats to win themselves a place in finals - and it was excellent to see an impressive medal haul come back East.  Shannon Crosbie was unlucky to miss out on gold as she claimed Silver (Free) and two Bronze medals (Back & IM) during a successful day of swimming. However, Saskia Falconer (Free) and Joshua Hadland (Back) went one better and secured gold medals along with West Lothian swimmer Callum Todd.  Callum Todd, making his debut at these Championships, finished first in the 50m Back to claim gold and 5th in the highly competitive 100m Free, posting a PB in the process.  Another swimmer unlucky to miss out on gold was Kerri MacKenzie, who finished the day with two silver medals (Breast and Free).

The Lothian team also included Scott Quin - the Midlothian swimmer travelling straight to the Championships from a busy training schedule and he didn't disappoint the spectators with his performances.  Quinn, who is one of only two Scots to qualify for the IPC World Championships in July, secured gold medals in the 100IM and 50m Breast while finishing just behind Fife swimmer, Craig Rodgie, in the keenly contested 100m Free and 50m Fly.  The 100IM and 50m Breast also saw Scot Quin set new Championship records that will be difficult to better for swimmers in the future.

Well done to all Lothian swimmers who competed at the Championships, all represented the region superbly and were well worthy of their seventh place finish in the race for the Kintore Trophy - eventually won by West of Scotland A.  Special thanks to Lynne Sturgeon and the team for organising and ensuring the squad were well kitted out and given the opportunity to perform so well.

If you are interested in swimming opportunities in the Lothian region, 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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Interested in Goalball?

Interested in Goalball?

Goalball UK have recently launched a new club in Edinburgh so are looking for players, coaches, officials and volunteers (no experience is required).

Goalball is an exciting, indoor, 3-a-side team sport of attack and defend - with a unique twist!  It has been played since 1946 throughout the workd by people who are bling or partially sighted.

However, goalball is a truly inclusive sport in that fully sighted players can also play domestically - this is because everyone is required to wear eye shades.  The ball contains internal bells so players can track its movement by the sound.

If you would like to get involved, come along to the next training session:

Date: Saturday 6th June

Time: 1pm - 3pm

Venue: Edinburgh College (Sighthill Campus), Bankhead Avenue, Edinburgh, EH11 4DE

If you are interested, please conatct Kathryn Fielding on 07795 263642 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

 

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Scottish FA School League - Match Day 4

Scottish FA School League - Match Day 4

 

 This season's 7-a-side league for school aged players with a learning disability drew to a close on Friday 15th May, with the finale bringing an extremely tense finish for two of the teams involved. 

The lead at the top of the league had swapped hands on a number of occasions between West Calder HS and Woodlands throughout the season and the scene was set for a gripping finish at Albyn Park, West Lothian.  The West Lothian and Edinburgh sides were tied at the top of the league with 21 points after 3 match days and the winners were decided in the very last match of the 2014/2015 season.  The atmosphere could have been cut with a knife during the opening 10 minutes of the match as both team knew that it was a 'winner takes all scenario' - and it was West Calder who took the lead, only to be pegged back immediately by Woodlands.  However, the teams were only level for a matter of minutes as the West Lothian side stamped their authority on the match and ran out 3-1 winners to take the match and the title.  Both teams, as winners and runners up, now qualify for the SFA/SDS National League Finals day, providing the opportunity to test themselves against teams from across the country.   

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Lothian Track & Field Athletics Competition 2015

Lothian Track & Field Athletics Competition 2015

Meadowmill Sports Centre played host to the annual Lothian Track and Field Athletics competition on Wednesday 20th May. This was second year the venue had kindly welcomed the athletes from around the Lothian area after taking over hosting duties from Dalkeith School Campus. 

The event took a slightly different approach this year, as senior athletes were invited to participate alongside their junior colleagues for the first time. This allowed 10 senior athletes from Port Seton Resource Centre the opportunity to participate and post times and distances for the National Championships in September. In total, the entry stood at 96 athletes with some individuals making their debut at the event and some returning to try and improve upon their personal bests. It was excellent to see new faces from across the Lothian region, with Dunbar Grammar School joining Cuiken, Campie and East Calder Primary schools attending for the first time.

Like last year the weather was kind to the competitors, allowing for some fine performances on the track and field - notably the female 800m, male 400m and long jump, to name a few. The atmosphere created by all the competitors made the day thoroughly enjoyable and will hopefully encourage the athletes to access local opportunites in the sport. If you would like more information on athletic opportunities in the region, please get in touch 0131 475 2364 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Special thank you to all the officials at Scottish Athletics and volunteers from Lothian Disability Sport who both gave up their time to come and help make the day a success. Also, thanks to all the school staff and athlete's who supported this year's competition, we hope to see you next year.

Please click the link for results - LDS Track & Field results 2015

 

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Lothian Schools Table Tennis Event

Lothian Schools Table Tennis Event

Bathgate Academy will play host to the first disability table tennis event on Wednesday 20th May, open to all school aged young people from the Lothian region with a physical, learning or sensory impairment.  Table Tennis was included in the Paralympic Games in London and Scotland possess a player with enormous potential in the sport - Martin Perry.

The event was included in the Lothian Disability Sport school calendar of events for the first time this year and will be delivered as a partnership event by West Lothian and Murrayfield Table Tennis Clubs, while be supported by West Lothian Active Schools. 

The success of the sport at the previous two Paralympic Experience Events encouraged the inclusion of a sport specific event within the calendar and hopefully this interest will become more established as a result.  The clubs supported the event are currently operating inclusively and have players with a disability actively attending - if you would like more information on these clubs then 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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National Judo Session

National Judo Session

JudoScotland will be holding the next National Judo ‘Come Together’ session at Ratho on Sunday 17th May 2015 and invite interested players and coaches interested to come along and try judo.

This session is open to all athletes with a disability and all levels are welcome.  Cost £4.

For information and to book your place, please call Stephen J Somerville on 07595 710 470, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call the JudoScotland development team on 0131 333 2981.

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Para-sport Stars - Club for young people with a physical disability.

Para-sport Stars - Club for young people with a physical disability.

Friday saw the first session of the Para-sport Stars programme at Forrester/St Augustine's Community Sports HUB, giving the young people in attendance the opportunity to try badminton and athletics.  The two hour session was led by local club coaches with extensive experience in disability sport, with the young people playing badminton for the first hour before breaking to resume with a second hour of athletics.

The Para-sport Stars programme is open to school aged young people with a physical disability, aiming to provide a taste in a range of sports before signposting them to clubs in sports they have particularly enjoyed.  The programme will also include sessions in wheelchair basketball, judo and fencing.

These session are completely free for young people and run from 2pm - 4pm every Friday until 19th June.  Although the programme is based in Edinburgh, we would certainly welcome young people from additional local authorities across the Lothian region.

If you are interested in this opportunity and would like to register then please contact Edinburgh Leisure on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 0131 458 2167.  

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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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