2016 has been another exciting year for the SDS Events Calendar. The year was brought to an exciting close with the two National Junior Swimming Championships in November which featured many record-breaking performances from Beth Johnston (Borders), Oliver Carter (Fife), the McCulloch brothers (West), Tammy Neef (Highland), Jack Milne (Dundee) and Rhys Handleigh (Dumfries & Galloway) to name a few.
An Inter-Regional Wheelchair Basketball event was introduced in partnership with Basketball Scotland along with a new National Indoor Bowls Championships – which ensures all formats of bowls are now covered in the competition calendar. The successful continuation of events introduced in 2015 including the ‘Come & Triathlon’ event – run in partnership with Triathlon Scotland – the Bowls Scotland National Championships & Inter-Area Bowls Championships.
The competition opportunities for Boccia has strengthened considerably with a comprehensive calendar of local and regional events in place now which serves to ensure a stronger representation at the national events. SDS are to host a three-day Scottish Open event at Inverclyde in October. This event will feature competitors from all over the world competing in individuals, pairs and teams format and is the first of its kind in Scotland.
Our partnerships with Scottish Athletics and the Scottish Football Association continue to flourish with significant numbers attending the national competitions.
Badaguish was the venue for the second year in a row for the SDS Summer Camp. We will be returning to the all-new Inverclyde Centre for the 2017 edition on 5-7 July.
A very successful Branch Conference was held in Stirling on the same day as the AGM in a new trial format in 2016. This is set to continue in 2017 after a favourable reception from attendees.
2017 will see another new addition to the calendar in the shape of a new Badminton event in partnership with Lothian Disability Badminton Club.
2016 was a great year for the competitions calendar with even more to come in 2017, lots to look forward to! SDS would like to thank all our many sponsors and partners for their support in 2016.