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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 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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Lothian Boccia Championships 2015

Lothian Boccia Championships 2015


This year's Lothian Boccia Championship for athlete's with a physical or learning disability has been scheduled for Saturday 13th June.  After being introduced to the calendar for the first time last year, the Jack Kane Centre will again play host to the Regional competition and hopefully build on the encouraging number from last year.

The event is open to players of all ages with a physical or learning disability and will be used to select players for the National event later on in the year.  Pleased find a summary of details below:

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Boccia Leaders Award

Boccia Leaders Award

Boccia Leaders Award - Edinburgh

Venue: Meggetland, Colinton Road, Edinburgh, EH14 1AS

Date: Thursday 2nd April 2015

Time: 6pm - 9pm

Cost: £30 

The Boccia Leaders Award will provide coaches, teachers and volunteers with the necessary knowledge, skill and abilities to introduce the game to all children, young people and individuals with an interest in the sport. 

Boccia is a Paralympic Sport for players with a severe physical disability but can be played by all. A mixture of theory and practice, the course will provide an overview of the structure, the rules and practices.

For more information or to book a place on the course, 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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LDS Schools Boccia Festival a Great Success

LDS Schools Boccia Festival a Great Success

The first event of 2015 on the school calendar of events was held at the Jack Kane Centre on Tuesday 13th January - the Lothian Disability Sport Boccia Festival.  The event brought more than 80 young people from across the region to the East of Edinburgh to participate in fun skill sessions during the morning, before progressing on to a slightly more competitive element in the afternoon.

Edinburgh Leisure have taken real ownership of this event over the past couple of years and it's great to see such a large team plan, co-ordinate and deliver the festival, which again proved a great success.  Heather Williams, Community Inclusion Officer with Edinburgh Leisure again took the lead on the event and has formed some excellent partnerships across the city, with the Edinburgh University Ladies Hockey providing support to the young people and Boccia coaches alike.  Edinburgh Active Schools were also present on the day, in addition to encouraging a large school entry from the city, with Kaimes, Oaklands, Braidburn, Pilrig Park, Prospect Bank, St Crispins, and Woodlands  all participating on the day.  East Lothian were another region well represented with Musselburgh Grammar, Preston Lodge HS and  Ross High all enjoying the day.

Patrick Wilson provided the young people with a display of top class Boccia, demonstrating skills that have seen the BC3 player progress rapidly through the sports pathway.  Patrick, who has cerebral palsy, competed in his first SDS Championship as recently as 2011 and is now travelling the world representing Great Britain, competing in Beijing, China in September last year.

To view some photo's from the event, click here.  All photo's supplied by Tinged Memories Professional Photography.

If you would like more information on Boccia and how to get involved or would like to discuss other opportunities in disability sport, please contact Neal at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 0131 475 2364.

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