Lothian Disability Track & Field Athletics 2016
Meadowmill played host to the annual Lothian Disability Track & Field Athletics Qualifier on Wednesday 27th April, attracting over 80 young people from across the Edinburgh and Lothian region. This year saw the event run in parallel with the East Lothian Youth Games ensuring a very busy day and providing the opportunity for a disability specific event to be included within a mainstream sports programme.
Lothian Disability Sport worked in partnership with East Lothian council and Scottish Athletics to facilitate the event which provides the opportunity for individuals with a physical, sensory or learning disability to record times and distances in a variety of track and field events. The fundamental aim of the competition is participation and providing a taste of the sport to a whole range of budding athletes. Additionally, the participants are also given the opportunity to post times and distances that will put them in contention for selection to represent the Lothian region at the upcoming Scottish Disability Sport National Event – here they will compete against their peers from across the country at Grangemouth Athletics Stadium in early June. Both the Regional and National competitions provide the platform for young people to participate as the format allows different disabilities and athletic abilities the chance to compete against their peers with similar entry times / distances.
The event saw strong representation from experienced campaigners Dunbar Grammar (East Lothian), Woodlands (Edinburgh), Saltersgate (Midlothian) and Cedarbank (West Lothian) while we welcomed new additions from Duddingston PS and Nether Currie PS (both Edinburgh). With 88 young athletes registered to participate, clearly demonstrating the demand for athletics in the Lothain region – a sport which helps young people learn the fundamentals of sport and physical activity. Results from Wednesday’s event will be available soon.