Earlier in the year I reported that Skye and Finlay Davidson from Inverkeithing were part of the UK Dwarf Sports Association Team that headed to Canada for the 7th World Dwarf Games. The eight day Games have drawn to a conclusion and the Davidson family are heading home exhausted but fully satisfied that they have given their very best for Team UK across a wide range of sports.
In team games alone they have played four back to back games and within their age group individual events they have encountered quality international opposition. Mum Hailey has paid tribute to the coaches back in Fife who helped prepare Skye and Finlay for this sporting chance of a lifetime on the world stage.
Finlay and Skye are hugely enthusiastic about sports and very eager to try everything that comes their way. Mum Hailey also travelled with the team and she is herself is an active Disability Sport Fife sportswoman, leading by example. The Davidson’s are inspirational and considered a true role model DSF family with a strong commitment to weekly Fife sports sessions, Fife teams and GOGA in Fife. Hailey herself is fully committed nationally to encouraging families of young people with achondroplasia to become involved in physical activity, including sport.
For the young Davidson children the World Games are a stepping stone on the journey that may one day lead to their involvement in Para sport at international level. Not surprisingly swimmer Ellie Symonds is a family heroine and performances in Canada are an indication that the Davidson children may have the potential to follow in her footsteps. For the record results for Skye and Finlay were as follows:
Skye – 40m run gold, 20m run gold, relay 4×20 silver, Frisbee bronze, tennis ball gold, football gold, swimming 25m gold, hockey bronze, badminton bronze, basketball bronze
Finlay – boccia quarter finals, crossbow bronze, hockey bronze, relay 4×60 bronze
Richard Brickley MBE – President Disability Sport Fife