Month: May 2017

Sammi Kinghorn

World Record for Sammi Kinghorn

Scotland’s Sammi Kinghorn left her opponents in her wake to set a 200m T53 World Record at Mesa, Arizona. The Rio Paralympian, 21, raced home in 28.67 seconds to knock a remarkable 0.26 seconds off the record set by US racer Jessica Galli five years ago.

It was a superb performance by the wheelchair racer from the Borders who is coached by Ian Mirfin.

Kinghorn, who won 200m T53 bronze at the 2015 World Championships in Doha, Qatar, demonstrated that she will be a force to be reckoned with at the World Para Athletics Championships in London later this summer with that performance. She also led from the front to win the 800m in 1.52.05. By the end of the meet, Sammi had five gold medals to her name with wins in a further three events.

She took the 100m in 16.63 which was into a headwind and only 100th outside her own European record. In the 1500m, Sammi won a tactical race against T54 athletes in 3.35.53, opening up a four-second gap in the last 200m. Her 55.32 time in the 400m was only five hundredths outside her own European record.

Sammi then moved on to compete at the Daniela Jutzeler Meet in Arbon, Switzerland, where she was once again in superb form. The young Scot set a 100m European record with a win in 16.21 and that time was just 0.02 outside the World Record and the second fastest of all time in her classification. Then, in the 400m, Sammi set another European record of 53.72 in second place in the race for the second fastest of all time (and inside the previous WR).

Sammi can’t stop setting records at the moment and she clocked another European best in the T53 800m in 1.47.60 at the Swiss Champs with a great performance.

That followed victories in Arbon again, when the Paralympian won the 100m T53/T54 overall in 16.38 and 400m T53/T54 overall in 54.08. She finished third in the T53/T54 1500m heat in a new Scottish record of 3.26.35.

There were also PBs for young Scots athletes Luke Deighan, Sean Frame and Kyle Brotherton at this event.

Many congratulations to Sammi, her family and coach Ian Mirfin, on a really strong start to the season ahead of London.

Clegg to miss London World Championships

Injury has ruled Libby Clegg out of the World Para Athletics Championships in London this summer. Unfortunately, double Rio sprint champion Libby sustained a calf injury earlier this week and will not recover in time for July.

Alongside her guide runner, Chris Clarke, Clegg secured great success in 2016, winning the T11 100m and 200m titles at the Paralympic Games in Rio and setting world records in both events.

‘It is with a mixture of emotions that I have to announce that due to injury, I will be unable to compete at this year’s World Para Athletics Championships in London,’ said the 27-year-old Scot, a gold medallist at Glasgow 2014.

‘I sustained a calf injury during a training session this week and have been advised by the medical team at British Athletics that it will be impossible for me to recover in time for the championships.

‘I am still going through the various emotions of disappointment and frustration as despite the setback of my guide runner, Chris, picking up an Achilles injury earlier this year, I felt training was going really well and couldn’t wait to return to London as double Paralympic Champion.’

Spinal Injuries Scotland BBQ & Activities Day

Join us for an afternoon of food, fun & fantastic activities. As well as a mouth watering BBQ there will be the following activities:

  • Hand biking
  • Sailing
  • Kayaking

All activities are suitable for wheelchair users (family members also welcome to take part – however priority given to wheelchair users).

For more information, or to book, please contact us on 0141 427 7686 or at

Edinburgh Project Search Recruitment

Project SEARCH aims to prepare young job-seekers with additional support needs, aged between 16-29, for full-time, competitive employment.

Working hours are Monday to Friday, 9am-4pm from August to June. The young people take part in three work experience placemenets and gain a nationally recognised qualification.

Final application deadline: Monday 12 June 2017 at midday.

Apply online on City of Edinburgh Council’s website. Any questions? Contact 0131 529 3139 or

National Coach Development Workshop

Scottish Disability Sport successfully delivered the Planning, Organisation and Self-Reflection workshop on Tuesday 30th May in partnership with sportscotland Coaching Talent/ Coach Connect Programme. The prestigious Alan Lynn delivered the interactive workshop sharing his knowledge and expertise on topics such as planning models, periodisation and self reflection to an audience of local authority, club, performance and national disability coaches.

The workshop was the second in a series delivered via video conferencing hosted in the Stirling Institute of Sport with Edinburgh and Glasgow sites linking in, which from feedback successfully met the needs of our coaches across the country.

With the ongoing success of the National Coach Development Programme in partnership sportscotland we look forward to hosting more disability specific workshops throughout 2017/2018. To find out more information on the SDS Coach Development Programme or disability sport in Central Scotland, please contact: Cheryl Willet, SDS RDM – / Phone: 07577 830360.

Broomlee Centre

RNIB Activate ‘Stepping Out’ Summer Camp

RNIB Scotland Education and Family Services are holding an RNIB Activate ‘Stepping Out’ Summer Camp 2017 for 11-14 year olds at Broomlee Centre, West Linton from 24 -28 July 2017.

Come and join us for a week of fun activities to encourage increased independence and self-confidence.  This event will focus on the issues that affect young people living with sight loss such as confidence, independent living, technology, social skills. However, it won’t all be work! We will have a great activities programme and it will be an opportunity to make new friends of the same age.

If you are interested in applying please contact Lynda Neilson, Education and Family Services, RNIB Scotland at or 0131 652 3194.

ClimbScotland Festival 2017

ClimbScotland will be running a climbing festival on the 17th June at Edinburgh International Climbing Arena, which will include Paraclimbing elements including free come and try sessions!

We are keen to get the word out to as many people as possible about this event.

All the info on the event can be viewed on our website:


Fife Athlete Completes Second Marathon in 9m PB

Congratulations to the amazing Susanne McGrath who completed the Edinburgh marathon today in 3.46, a personal best by 9 minutes. Susanne’s coach Pamela Robson sent back the attached photos of an extremely proud and committed athlete who has now completed her second Edinburgh Marathon.

The only disappointment is that the new Bromakin racing wheelchair she has on order has not yet arrived. At no time has this fazed Susanne who yet again completed the marathon challenge in a borrowed DSF wheelchair supported by running repairs. What a class athlete and determined young mum.

Richard Brickley MBE
President, Disability Sport Fife

Fife Athlete Completes First 10K

Well done to Jonny Brown who completed his first ever road race at the Edinburgh 10K in a time of 1.11. This course is really tough for wheelchair users but Jonny stuck to his race plan and completed the distance with coach Pamela Robson running with him. Since securing a new race chair with support from Scottish Disability Sport, Jonny has committed to an indoor and outdoor training programme that his paid dividends. This could be the first of many road races to come. Well done Jonny.

Richard Brickley MBE
President, Disability Sport Fife