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Mixed Success for Lothian Athletes at SDS Lawn Bowls

Mixed Success for Lothian Athletes at SDS Lawn Bowls

Scottish Disability Sport Lawn Bowls Championships

Saturday 5th September 2015 - Westburn Park, Aberdeen.

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Lothian Runners Up at Kelvingrove

Lothian Runners Up at Kelvingrove

Inter-Area Bowls Test Match

Wednesday 12th August 2015

Kelvingrove, Glasgow

Lothian produced a commendable display at yesterdays Inter Area Bowls Competition and finished the day as runners up to a very strong Fife team.

The 4th Inter Area Bowls Test match was played at the home of Bowls during the Commonwealth Games - Kelvingrove - and gave the players from Lothian, Fife and West of Scotland the opportunity to experience the standard of venue that was offered to the International stars last summer.  The competition gives players with a learning disability an additional competitive opportunity in the sport and exposes them to an alternative format of the game, requiring players to play in singles, pairs and triples matches.  This format really enhances the teamwork ethic and gives all players selected form their region, the chance to win points for their team.

The Lothian team experienced a tough first session as a strong Fife side took control and secured the victory 16 - 8 after winning 8 matches to Lothian's 4.  The Lothian Ladies managing to secure the majority of those points, while Gordon Graham won his singles match against a very experienced Fife bowler, 13-3.  However, Lothian really stepped up against West of Scotland during their second match and it looked like they could be in with a shout of winning the trophy.  However as the matches drew to a close, it became clear that Fife had set a points total that would be too hard to better.  There were many excellent performances during this session with all Lothian bowlers picking up points for the team.  Lillian Renshaw continued her superb form from the earlier session, claiming another two victories and totalling four for the day.

The day was a great example of the talent we have across Scotland and all players seemed to thoroughly enjoy the competition in addition to the superb atmosphere that was created by all who participated.  Many congratulations to Glasgow Disability Sport for hosting such a positive event and Scottish Disability Sport for facilitating.  Next year the competition will move to Fife, with Lothian taking control in 2017.

If you are interested in Bowls opportunities in the Lothian region, please get in touch on 0131 475 2364 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Lothian Disability Sport are always keen to engage new players to the sport and have opportunities for individuals starting out in the sport and experienced players alike.

Lothian Team

Female

Amanda Craig (West Lothian)

Gillian Donald (West Lothian)

Christina McSherry (West Lothian)

Lillian Renshaw (Midlothian)

Lynne Tweedie (West Lothian)

Jacqueline Vickers (West Lothian)

Male

 

Robbie Anderson (Edinburgh)

James Bennett (Midlothian)

Gordon Graham (West Lothian)

Ronnie McLintock (Edinburgh)

John McMillan (West Lothian)

James Watson (Edinburgh)

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Lothian Athletes & Coaches Head to LA for Special Olympic World Games

Lothian Athletes & Coaches Head to LA for Special Olympic World Games

Six athletes and five head coaches from the Lothian region set off for Los Angeles this morning to represent Great Britain at Special Olympic World Games.  The games are scheduled to begin on Saturday 25th July.

With 6500 athletes and 2000 coaches representing 165 countries, along with 30,000 volunteers and an anticipated 500,000 spectators, the 2015 Special Olympic World Games will be the largest sports and humanitarian event anywhere in the world in 2015, and the single biggest event in Los Angeles since the 1984 Olympic Games.  The opening ceremony, broadcast live on ESPN, is expected to attract around 80,000 spectators.

The Special Olympic Movement empowers people with intellectual disabilities to become accepted and valued members of their community, using sport as the vehicle for this.  Lothian has an extremely strong programme of sports for their athletes and this is reflected in the number of athletes and coaches travelling to LA and representing their country at this fantastic event.  In addition to the athletes and coaches, Lothian also have a Unified football player and Family Liaison Officer travelling as part of the Great Britain team.  A full list of athletes and coaches has been highlighted below -

Athletes

Colin Robertson (Bocce)

Kathleen Inglis (Judo)

Michelle Moran (Swimming)

Jack Bell (Football)

Dean Lawrie (Football)

Richard Cooke (Ten Pin Bowling )

Joseph Van Hoff (Unified Football)

 

Head Coaches

Elaine McKenna (11-a-side Football)

Jamie McDonald (Golf)

Jo Imrie (Judo)

Yvonne Anderson (Aquatics)

Mirren McDonald (Family Liaison Officer)

Everyone at Lothian Disability Sport would like to wish all athletes and coaches all the best for the World Games.  More information on the Games can be found at www.la2015.org.

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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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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 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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Edinburgh Leisure ASN Development Squad

Edinburgh Leisure ASN Development Squad

Interested in developing your swimming?  You may be interested in this new swimming opportunity for school aged young people with a physical, learning or sensory impairment.

The opportunity is being delivered by the swim team at Edinburgh Leisure and is targeting young swimmers who are looking to develop their stroke, strength and stamina in the pool.  Swimmers should be comfortable swimming 50m and above in one or more strokes.

I have highlighted the details of the session below -

Day:       Sunday

Time:    3.00pm - 3.50pm

Venue: Ainslie Park Leisure Centre, Edinburgh.

Cost:      £55 for 10 week block

To book or receive more information surrounding this opportunity, please contact the swim team on 0131 551 2400.

ASN-Development-Squad---Edinburgh-Leisure.pdf

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SDS/SFA National 5-a-side Championships

SDS/SFA National 5-a-side Championships

Wednesday 22nd April  - Glasgow Green, Glasgow.

Glasgow Green played host to the annual SDS/SFA National 5-a-side Championships for players with a learning impairment on Wednesday 22nd April.  The weather was in stark contrast from the previous year, with splitting sunshine throughout the entire day which made for ideal playing conditions for the impressive number of teams and players on show.

Lothian were able to enter two Junior teams due to the excellent turn out at the March Regional event which acted as a selection day.  Both Lothian teams were placed in the A Division of the Junior competition along with strong teams from Highland and Fife - each team performing well in the group stage of the competition and successfully navigating their passage into the semi final where they were unfortunately drawn together.  After a well matched start to the game, it was the young men from Lothian 'B' who stamped their authority on the match, going on to claim a convincing victory and therefore reaching the final, where they would meet Buchanan of Highland.  The final captured the day as a whole, with some extremely exciting, free flowing football being played.  Lothian 'B' twice came from behind with goals from youngster Dylan Band-Borthwick (Donaldson's) and a stunning long range strike from Stephen Pricthard (Woodlands) to level the scores at 2-2.  However, despite the goalmouth heroics from  Woodlands' David Jenkinson, the team from the north of Scotland claimed the victory and the gold medal with a goal in the dying seconds of the match. A great effort from all the boys involved, in terms of the level of football played and the manner in which they represented the region.  All players are listed below -

Lothian 'A'       Lothian 'B'
Dan Fletcher (West Calder) David Jenkinson (Woodlands)
Declan Murray (Woodlands) Adam Smith (Cedarbank)
Andrew Imrie (Kaimes) Ryan Nimmo (West Calder)
David Anderson (Kaimes)   Brandon McCusker (Cedarbank)
Jack Cruickshank (West Calder) 

Dylan Band-Borthwick (Donaldson's)

 

Stephen Prictchard (Woodlands)

Thanks is extended to all the teachers and support staff who worked hard prior and during the event to enable the young people the opportunity to represent the Lothian Branch. 

Neal Herbert -Lothian Disability Sport

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The Edinburgh Clan - the region's first Unified Rugby Team

The Edinburgh Clan - the region's first Unified Rugby Team

Interested in Rugby?

The Edinburgh Clan are the regions first Unified Rugby Team and train indoors every Wednesday at Broughton High School, Edinburgh from 8pm - 9pm.

The session is open to players (male and female) over the age of 16 with a learning disability.

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