Author: carolinemlyon@blueyonder.co.uk

Warm Tayside Welcome from Finding Your Feet

Tayside Regional Development Manager Jennifer Scally was kindly invited to attend Finding Your Feet’s social club in Tayside & Fife – ampu-tea. Finding Your Feet support families affected by amputation or limb difference, through a range of sporting initiatives and social inclusion projects.

Jennifer shared information with Finding Your Feet regarding sporting opportunities across the area. With a warm welcome, Finding Your Feet kindly shared information regarding their thriving group in Tayside & Fife and their wonderful members.

Scottish Disability Sport look forward to working with Finding Your Feet within the region. If you are interested in finding out more about sporting opportunities in the area, please contact Jennifer Scally at jennifer.scally@scottishdisabilitysport.com . If you would like to find out more information about Finding Your Feet, please contact info@findingyourfeet.net

Gavin and Kerry with medals

Records fall at RaceRunning World Championships

Gavin Drysdale (Red Star) and Kerry Mathers (Grampian) attended the 2017 International RaceRunning Camp and Competition, which was also the CPISRA RaceRunning World Championships, held in Copenhagen from the 9th to the 16th of July. This year 98 athletes from 13 different countries took part in three days of training sessions followed by three days of competition.

Kerry from Inverurie, in her first international event, competed in the 100m, 200m, 400m and 800m events. Kerry ran a terrific race to win the bronze medal in a very close finish to the 100m final. She also achieved three personal best times (100m, 400m and 800m) and qualified for the 200m final.

This year was Gavin’s 6th time competing in Denmark and he ran superbly to win four gold medals in the 100m, 400m, 800m and 1500m events setting world record times in the 400m and 1500m races. Gavin’s most impressive race was the 1500m when he executed his tactics perfectly to win a very competitive and exciting race with Brazilian Adriano Ferreira De Souza on the line.

Our warmest congratulations to both Kerry and Gavin on their achievements.

Times

Kerry
100m –25.68s
200m – 55.57s
400m –2m00.95s
800m – 4m27.10s

Gavin
100m –18.01s (Too windy to set a new WR)
400m –1m17.54s
800m –2m55.87s
1500m – 5m34.30s

Perth Track & Field Championships

Saturday 02 September 2017
George Duncan Athletics Arena, Gowans Terrace, Perth, PH1 5AZ
11.00am – 4.00pm

The championships are open to any athlete who has a physical, sensory or learning disability. Events will be divided into wheelchair user, race runner and athletes who are ambulant. Separate medals will be awarded for male/female and also for different disability groups.

Please enter the athlete along with gender, disability group, age and a current time or distance for the event entered. Athletes can do up to four events.

Events up to 1500m on the track, long jump, shot putt, softball, javelin and club throw will be available. Please note: softball (and bean bag) is traditionally for lesser able athletes and club throw is for seated athletes with a physical disability only.

Track Events: 40m (RR), 60m, 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1500m.

Field Events: Long Jump, Standing Long Jump, Shot Putt, Discus, Soft Ball, Javelin, Club Throw, Bean Bag.

Entry fees are £3 per athlete and cheques should be made payable to PH Coaching.

Please return your entry no later than Thursday 24 August to:

Jim Hunter
33 Viewlands Road
Perth PH1 1NL

Email:  j_m_hunter@btinternet.com

If you have any queries, please contact j_m_hunter@btinternet.com or 01738 633835.

World Para Athletics Championships 2017

Sammi Kinghorn and Stef Reid both won gold at the World Para Athletics Championships on Saturday. A stunning performance by both women, especially as Sammi not only won the gold medal in the T53 200m, but in a new world record time of 28.61.

Stef Reid won her gold with a jump of 5m 40 in the T44 long jump.

Both athletes warmly acknowledged the work of their coaches, Ian Mirfin MBE for Sammi Kinghorn and Aston Moore for Stef Reid.

Congratulations to Maria Lyle on winning a bronze medal in the T35 200m, and Jo Butterfield MBE for her fourth place in the F51 club throw.

23rd Summer Deaflympics set for Samsun 2017

Samsun, Turkey is the city in which the 23rd Summer Deaflympics will be staged in what is sure to be a spectacle of high performance deaf sport.  The games will run from the 18 to the 30 July 2017.

The Deaflympics is the pinnacle for any deaf athlete and it is the second oldest multi-sport and cultural festival in the world, with a proud history stretching back to the first Games in Paris, in 1924. The event ensures that high performance athletes with a hearing impairment get that same Olympic experience as their hearing counterparts.

In recent years, Scotland has a history of producing top level athletes with the ability to represent Great Britain at the prestigious event.  The 2017 Games is no different, with Scotland having 10 athletes representing the country, across four sports

Danielle Joyce – Swimming
Jack McComish – Swimming
Shiona McLafferty – Swimming
John Ruddy – Athletics
Mitchell Graham – Athletics
Stuart Cameron – Football Men
PJ Dolan – Football Men
Olivia Preston – Football Women
Rachel Mallard – Football Women
Steven Cafferety – Golf

DeaflympicGB will be hopeful that they can improve on their disappointing medal haul from the Games four years ago, and in Danielle Joyce and Jack McComish, they have two athletes that represent strong medal prospects.  The pair will be hoping to build upon their success at the 2015 World Deaf Swimming Championships, where they delivered seven medals between them; Danielle clinching gold in the 100m freestyle.

The BBC recently released a documentary profiling some of the athletes that will be competing and it can be found following the link below:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08xh12m

The following websites and Twitter feeds will be useful in order to follow the athletes’ progress at the Games:

http://deaflympics2017.org/en/home-page

http://ukdeafsport.org.uk/

Twitter

@deafsport

@deaflympicsgb

@Deaflympics2017



 

Deaflympics and the Paralympic Movement

Why can’t Deaf Athletes join the Paralympics?*

There is currently no Paralympic category for athletes who are only Deaf and have no other physical or learning impairment. The Paralympic Games already faces strict limit on the number of competitors, meaning it wouldn’t be able to absorb such a large number.  To include, would mean a reduction in some of the other classification groups that already exist.  Furthermore, it would consequently result in a reduction of performance athletes, across impairment groups, competing at the highest level.

There is overwhelming support amongst the deaf community to have a separate Games as many deaf people do not consider themselves disabled.  Athletes who are deaf are able-bodied and able to compete without significant restrictions, with the exception of communication barriers.

It is possible for Deaf athletes to compete in the Olympics Games and do so based on their ability to compete at the highest level of mainstream sport, without any adaptions, modifications or rule changes.

 

*Information summarised from UK Deaf Sport

60 Seconds with a Tayside Athlete: Reagan Doig

Name: Reagan Doig

Branch: Perth & Kinross Disability Sport

Sport: Swimming

Club: Stirling

How did you get involved in your sport? Encouragement from a master swimmer who was a life guard at my swimming lessons

How long have you been playing your sport for? 14 years

Biggest Strength (as an athlete): Fly 100m

What’s the best thing about your sport? Good support / encouragement from top athletes

What equipment do you need to take part in your sport? Kit bag and good swimwear

Greatest sporting achievement: Scottish record holder & British record

Favourite Para-athlete: Ellie Simmonds

Favourite athlete to compete against: S15 Danielle Joyce

Any advice for someone interested in your sport? Go down to your local swimming pool and have a trial, its hard work and early mornings but keeps you fit and healthy

Brits Hewett and Reid Retain Wimbledon Doubles Title in Thrilling Final

Alfie Hewett and Gordon Reid followed up their history-making achievement in 2016 to become the first Brits to retain the Wimbledon men’s doubles wheelchair tennis title on Saturday at The Championships.

In a thrilling contest, Hewett and Reid defeated Rio Paralympic gold medallists Stephane Houdet and Nicolas Peifer of France in a final set tie-break for the second successive year, completing a glorious 6-7(5) 7-5, 7-6(3) victory after two hours and 55 minutes of sporting theatre on Court No.3.

“When the match goes like that and you win 7-6 in the third it makes it even more special,” said an emotional Hewett.

“The French had us in an absolute battle out there. There were never any easy points, which is what you expect against the Paralympic champions. We had to work for every single point.

“It’s amazing to have been on Court No.3. I don’t think wheelchair tennis has had that kind of coverage before and especially before the rain the stadium was absolutely packed out. When you get the coverage and the support like that and British winners, too, it hopefully makes more and more people want to get involved with the sport at all levels and engage with the Tennis Foundation’s expertise and resources to develop and promote the sport. “

A series of momentum shifts in the opening set saw Hewett and Reid reel off four games in succession for a 4-2 lead. Despite coming from 5-2 down in the eventual tie-break it was not quite enough and Houdet and Peifer snatched the lead.

Rain forced the players off court at deuce in the second game of the second set, but Hewett and Reid came out firing on all cylinders on the resumption, taking a 4-0 lead before eventually forcing the decider.

Hewett and Reid went a break up midway through the final set and both Brits served for the match before top seeds Houdet and Peifer managed take the contest to another tie-break.

However, Reid eventually forced the vital error with a drop shot and Peifer could not return the ball, giving the Brits back-to-to back Wimbledon titles.

“We were prepared for a hard match and that’s what we got, so it’s amazing to have retained the title,” said Rio Paralympic singles gold medallist Reid. “The crowd support out there all the way through was better than we could have hoped for. I just hope people will have seen the amazing standard of tennis out there and how much everyone here enjoyed it, as well as the people watching at home on TV, and that that can just continue to raise the profile of the sport and grow the sport as well, because it’s a fantastic sport.”

Photos courtesy of Tennis Foundation

Para Swimmer wins Sports Personality of the Year

Para swimmer and Gala Academy Pupil, Beth Johnston, became the school’s Sports Personality of the Year following a vote from her fellow peers.  A host of nominees were shortlisted for their achievements and dedication, across the sports of:  rugby, hockey, cricket, athletics, golf and swimming.

The S10 swimmer has risen to prominence over the years through Gala ASC, Lothian Racers DSC and is now a member of the Borders Elite Swim Team – the Scottish Borders composite squad for the best swimmers in the region.

In a town where sporting tradition is steeped, particularly in team sports such as Rugby, football and hockey, this is a significant achievement for Beth and para sport as a whole.  Beth is absolutely delighted to be recognised by her peers and is honoured to receive such an accolade.

The young swimmer – who is targeting the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games – recently returned from the World Para Swimming Series in Indianapolis, USA with two gold medals and is currently a member of British Swimming’s Para Academy.

The award was presented by Borders rugby legend, Tony Stanger, who attended the ceremony and provided an insight into performance sport.

Jo Butterfield at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games

World Para Athletics Championships 2017

With the IPC World Para Athletics Championships 2017 about to take centre stage at the London Stadium, a number of Scottish Athletes will be out to make their mark on the largest event since last year’s Paralympic Games in Rio.

The Championships kick off on Friday 14 July, where our very own Jo Butterfireld, Stef Reid, Sammi Kinghorn and Maria Lyle, will be amongst the very best that Para Athletics has to offer.  A noticeable absentee will be double Paralympic Champion, Libby Clegg, who misses the event through injury.

Reigning F51 club throw World Champion (and Paralympic Champion), Jo Butterfield, is our first athlete in action as she aims to defend the title she claimed in Doha in 2015.  She kicks off her Championships on Friday evening at 19:20.


Scottish Athletes’ Schedule (subject to change so check official website for updates):

Friday 14 July: 19.20 F51 club throw final – Jo Butterfield

Sat 15: 11.00 T44 long jump final – Stef Reid

Sat 15: 19.18 F52 discus final – Jo Butterfield

Sat 15: 21.41 T53 200m final – Sammi Kinghorn

Sun 16 20.10 T35 200m final – Maria Lyle

Tue 18 12.50 T53 400m heats – Sammi Kinghorn

Wed 19: 20.05 T35 100m final – Maria Lyle

Wed 19: 21.12 T53 400m final – Sammi Kinghorn (if qualifying)

Sun 23 11.00-11.15 T53 100m heats – Sammi Kinghorn

Sun 23 12.45 T53 100m final – Sammi Kinghorn (if qualifying)

Sun 23 18.51 T53 800m final – Sammi Kinghorn

Channel 4 is covering the IPC World Championships 2017 and events can be watched on TV or through their website http://www.channel4.com/programmes/world-para-athletics-london-2017

To be kept fully up-to-date on events in London, the following websites and Twitter feed will be useful:

http://www.paraathleticschampionships.com/

https://www.paralympic.org/london-2017

 

Twitter: @ParaAthletics