Each year at the Annual Awards Evening supported by the Fife Sports and Leisure Trust, Disability Sport Fife (DSF) presents a junior and senior endeavour award to individual athletes nominated by member organisations. The awards are presented in the names of three DSF Hall of Fame graduates Caroline Baird MBE, Lara Ferguson and Andrew Lindsay. The presenters of the awards this year were Jim Thomson past chair of Scottish Disability Sport (SDS), Heather Lowden Education and Coaching Manager with SDS and Claire Morrison an SDS Board Member and lead coach with GB Boccia.
Connor Brown is a pupil at Woodmill HS and a very committed all round sportsman. Connor excels in track and field, cross country, martial arts and swimming. Connor has cerebral palsy and within the past couple of months he has successfully represented Fife at the National Cross Country Championships in Glasgow and National Senior Swimming Championships in Grangemouth. Connor is one of few physically disabled athletes who compete in cross country and it was when he was representing his school in the East Series competition that he first came to the attention of DSF. The West Fife teenager has not looked back since and he hopes to rearrange his busy weekly schedule this term to enable him to attend the ever expanding DSF Thursday DSF Run, Jump and Throws session at Pitreavie Athletics Centre. Connor is an exceptionally active young man with a very promising future ahead and a very worthy Junior Endeavour Award winner.
Kirsty Brunton from Dalgety Bay came to the attention of DSF when she dropped into the Michael Woods Sports and Leisure Centre for a swim shortly after it opened. Some may say she was “stalked” by the DSF President but the outcome is that she has become a very influential member of DSF within a short period. Kirsty has cerebral palsy and is a very accomplished sailor and a very active member of Dalgety Bay Swimming Club. Kirsty is also a very keen open water swimmer and hopes one day that Para Open Water swimming will become a popular option for Para swimmers. Kirsty has competed in exciting water spaces like Loch Lomond and Lake Windermere. Kirsty loves swimming and not long after she joined DSF she was offered the opportunity to compete for Scotland in the CPISRA World Games in England. Kirsty has recently joined INCAS and is now being coached by Garrie Roberts. She is thoroughly enjoying her new swimming regime but not surprisingly she is looking towards her next challenge which may involve something to do with hand cycling. Kirsty and her family love the outdoors and she is a very appropriate winner of the 2017 DSF Senior Endeavour Award.
Richard Brickley MBE – President Disability Sport Fife