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Niall Ritchie recognised for work in wheelchair basketball

Niall Ritchie recognised for work in wheelchair basketball

Lothian Phoenix and Scotland wheelchair basketball coach Niall Ritchie has been recognised as the basketballscotland’s ‘East & Central Disability Coach of the Year’ for his continued dedication to the sport both regionally and nationally.

Niall has been coaching for around 6 years and leads the Lothian Phoenix under 15 and under 19 squads experiencing a good level of success recently.  Additionally, Niall also takes up the responsibility of the under 15 Scotland squad, assistant for the under 23 squad and also dedicates time to the Phoenix committee and Scottish Development Group.

In 2015, Niall was also recognised for his undoubted dedication and immersion in the sport by Lothian Disability Sport (Coach of the Year) and Disability Coach of the Year (Edinburgh Sport Awards).  A great asset to the region and the sport of wheelchair basketball, well done!

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Lothian Athletes Travel to Manchester for the Sainsbury's School Games

Lothian Athletes Travel to Manchester for the Sainsbury's School Games

 

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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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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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ParaSport Stars - Sports session for young people with a physical disability

ParaSport Stars - Sports session for young people with a physical disability

ParaSports Stars - a sports club for athletes with a physical disability.

Lothian Disability Sport are working in partnership with Edinburgh Leisure, Edinburgh Active Schools and Scottish Disability Sport to offer an exciting opportunity for school aged young people with a physical disability from the Edinburgh and the Lothian region.

These sessions will begin on Friday 24th April at Forresters/St Augistine's Community Sports HUB, Edinburgh (2.00pm - 4.00pm) and run every Friday until the end of the school term - a 9 week programme.

During the 9 week programme, Athletics, Badminton, Wheelchair Basketball, Judo and Fencing will be delivered from a number of experienced coaches.

If you are interested in this opportunity and to book a place on this programme, 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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