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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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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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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.

Flyer is attached here.

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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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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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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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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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SDS Sportshall Athletics

SDS Sportshall Athletics

Scottish Disability National Sportshall Athletics Festival

For the 9th year running Scottish Disability Sport in partnership with Scottish Athletics, Sports Development and Active Schools hosted the National Sportshall Athletics Competition at Grangemouth Community Centre on the 4March.  The competition welcomes young people from both primary and secondary schools with a physical/learning disability or sensory impairment.  A total number of 90 pupils (10 teams) took part in a range of scoring indoor athletics events such as the javelin throw, standing long jump, speed bounce, target throw, chest push and high stepper.

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SDS National Carpet Bowls Championships 2015

SDS National Carpet Bowls Championships 2015

Scottish Disability Sport National Carpet Bowls Championships

Dundee International Sports Centre (DISC), Dundee

Saturday 31st January 2015

 

After successfully qualifying from the Regional Carpet Bowls Competition held in November , thirteen players represented the Lothian Branch at the annual SDS National Carpet Bowls Championships in Dundee yesterday.

After some last minute call off's due to the adverse weather in some areas of the country, many of the Lothian team had to wait until just before lunch time to play their first match - this may have affected concentration as results were frustrating, especially in comparison to the great success the Branch experienced this time last year.  Stewart Martin, winner of the Regional competition, Gordon Graham and Scott Bruce successfully navigated  their way into the third round, only to be knocked out at this stage and end the Lothian interest in the Men with a Learning Disability Section.  Last year's section semi finalist, Euan Wright had been knocked out in the previous round to eventual winner, Stanley Robb of South Lanarkshire.

The ladies from Lothian never fared much better in the equivalent section, with Christina McSherry and Jacqueline Vickers losing in the first round with Susan Drummond tasting defeat in the second.  Defending champion Amanda Craig was unable to retain the trophy, unfortunately losing by the odd shot to her opponent in the same round while Phillipa Robinson went one better and was unfortunate to lose in the third round on her debut at the competition.

The players with a Physical Disability tasted a little more success in the Mixed Ambulant & B3 Bowlers (Unrestricted) as Jimmy Restorick reached the final after topping his section, winning all three group games.  Neil Shirley, winner of the Regional section was extremely unlucky not to reach the final after losing by one shot in his group decider while Robert Harvey and Eileen Restorick both won games in their group but were unlucky to progress any further.  The final was a repeat of last year as Jimmy Restorick locked horns with Mark Phairs of South Lanarkshire - and the result was the unfortunately the same for the Lothian bowler as Phairs re-claimed the title by one shot.

Well done to all bowlers for representing the Branch superbly throughout and I'm sure the future will hold more success for Lothian.  Thank you to the organisers at SDS for providing another excellent competitive opportunity.

If you are interested in getting involved with bowling, Carpet or Lawn, then 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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Paralympic Experience Event

Paralympic Experience Event

The Edinburgh Paralympic Experience Event is back and it promises to be better than ever!  The annual event which will take place at Forrester / St Augustine’s High School in Edinburgh on Friday 13 March 2015 will see the young people with a physical or sensory disability descend on the capital for a day of sport delivered by some of the best coaches and clubs in the country.

Making its debut will be the sport of swimming and all attendees will be encouraged to take part, regardless of swimming ability.  All levels will be catered for and each attendee will have the opportunity to access the sport further.  Swimming is one of the leading para sports for people with a disability and there is an extensive and established pathway available within the East of Scotland.  The other sports confirmed for the day include athletics, badminton, judo, table tennis and wheelchair basketball.  These sports have been selected due to the strong club links locally, so that young people can continue to enjoy and develop within the sports for many years to come.

There will also be a high performance para athletes’ panel, allowing for an engaging question and answer session and  we will see the return of the ‘How to Identify and Include Children and Young People with a Disability in Sport’ workshop, delivered by Richard Brickley MBE.  

As in previous years there will be an opportunity for parents to attend on the day, talk to the experts and meet the clubs and this has proven extremely successful in raising the awareness and sharing ideas to enable continued participation.  Parental feedback from the 2014 event include…..

“First time experience and it was far more than we expected.  Coaches, experts, helpers were all superb.  Definitely recommend this event.”

“Contact details for future participation in sports were invaluable.  Range of activities was great and gives children a chance to participate in an environment in which they feel comfortable.”

“The quality of coaching and staff are excellent and all children regardless of ability were given huge encouragement, making it a very enjoyable day.”

“Overall Lee and I have had a great day and think these events are very impressive, they meet all needs of every child and the confidence it gives the kids is amazing.”

The event invites all primary and secondary pupils with a physical or sensory disability from the five local authority areas within the region, including, City of Edinburgh, East Lothian, Midlothian, West Lothian and the Scottish Borders.

For more information please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., SDS Regional Development Manager, on 0131 625 4412.
 

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Scottish Disability Sport Summer Camp 2015 - Change of Venue

Scottish Disability Sport Summer Camp 2015 - Change of Venue

As Inverclyde - our traditional Summer Camp home of over ten years - undergoes a considerable revamp in 2015, SDS have investigated alternative options for the 2015 Summer Camp.


Venues and facilities that are as accessible as Inverclyde are fairly thin on the ground.  SDS are considering the possibility of holding the 2015 Summer Camp at the following time of year and venue:8 – 10 July at Badaguish Outdoor Centre, Aviemore.  This is obviously a very different venue and a different time of year from previous Summer Camps and SDS are very keen to ascertain whether individual attendees would still be interested in attending this camp. The camp would most likely combine some traditional Summer Camp sports with some exciting outdoor activities that lend itself to the spectacular surrounding area. The many and varied physical, social and personal benefits of attending the camp would still be relevant to parents and the young attendees.We are looking for individuals with a physical or sensory disability to register their interest at this initial stage for SDS to determine the feasibility of progressing with this alternative Summer Camp date and venue.Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone or 0131 317 1130 to register your interest in the 2015 SDS Summer Camp and your name and contact will be added to a Summer Camp distribution list.Please note registering your interest does not commit you to, or guarantee your place on the 2015 Summer Camp at this stage. 

*article taken from Scottish Disability Sport

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Large Lothian Team Achieve Medal Success in Glasgow

SDS National Junior Championships for Swimmers with a Learning Disability

Tollcross Swimming Pool, Glasgow - Wednesday 19th November 2014

Tollcross Swimming Pool played host to the SDS Junior Swim Championships for swimmers with a learning disability yesterday.  The Commonwealth Games venue provided an ideal setting for swimmers to showcase their form in the pool and give them a taste of swimming in such an impressive environment.

Lothian were able to enter a team of 37 swimmers after using the Regional Schools Swimming Competition as a qualification event.  The Regional event welcomed entrants from 14 schools across the region with 71 young people swimming at Dalkeith School Campus.  This allowed swimmers from Briadburn, Cedarbank, Drummond CHS, Meldrum PS, Preston Lodge HS, Prestonpans PS, Saltersgate, Spark of Genius, West Calder HS and Woodlands the opportunity to swim at the National event.

The team were successful with many athletes picking up medals and achieving personal best times in the water.  Christian Buchanan of Lothian Racers and Musselburgh Amateur Swimming Club continued his fine development, with a string of impressive performances against more senior athletes.  There were also medals for athletes making their debut at the event, with Amy Moffat of West Calder HS and Lucas Harthill of Preston Lodge HS claiming silverware in their respective events.  Saltersgate School were the most successful overall in terms of medals won, with swimmers Seth Downs, Jordan Milton and Jade Reynolds among those taking their prizes back to Midlothian.

Special thank you goes to the organising team at Scottish Disability Sport, the officials and support provided from the local college and centre staff for making the day so enjoyable for all those who were able to attend.  

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