Scots Selected for U23 GB Training Camp

British Wheelchair Basketball recently announced the under 23 GB selection for its 2017 Christmas Training Camp, with 4 players from North of the Border included within the 31 strong squad. Scottish based players Ben Leitch (Lothian Phoenix) and David Hird (St Mirren Warriors) will join England based Scots Josh Manson…

Records Tumble at 40th Junior Championships

No less than 13 Championship Records were broken yesterday in Grangemouth at the 40th SDS Junior Swimming Championships for swimmers with a physical or sensory impairment. The event is one of the oldest on the SDS Calendar and the fact that so many records were broken is a testament to…

2017 National Boccia Open for non-BISFed Classes

The 2017 National Boccia Open for non-BISFed classes was held again at the excellent Engage Centre at the Sighthill Campus of Napier University. SDS would like to extend their gratitude to the Celtic FC Foundation who have financially supported this event this year and allows SDS to provide a quality…
Deaf swimmers in the pool

Deaf-Friendly Swimming is Back

The National Deaf Children’s Society Scotland is delighted to announce we have received funding for the Deaf-Friendly Swimming project to continue in Scotland for a further two years. The new programme will support deaf young people and their families to access aquatics in more rural and remote parts of Scotland…

Scottish RDA Dressage Championships 2017

The weather forecast was horrible but regardless 36 brave riders came out for the Scottish RDA Championships, at Glasgow RDA, on 1st October.  Although most of us got very wet, and the ground was rather soggy, it was not as bad as we had anticipated.  Conditions worsened once we were…

Fife Athlete Sets a Half Marathon PB

Derek Rae from Fife AC has successfully reached another milestone in his preparations for his next full marathon with a personal best of 70.06 at the 2017 Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Half Marathon in Glasgow. The Kirkcaldy man is coached by Ron Morrison from St Andrews. The GB number…

YPSP Blog – Caitlyn Ross

Since my last blog on the Scottish Disability Sport website I was picked to compete at the Special Olympics in Sheffield. The event took place from the 7th-12th of August and I competed in athletics for the Forth Valley team. The events I competed in at the Special Olympics were…

Disability Badminton Coach CPD Workshop

Saturday 23rd Septmber 11.00am – 2.00pm Queen Anne High School, Broomhead Parks, Dunfermline KY12 0PQ For more information and to book a place, visit https://test.azolve.com/BadmintonScotland/workbench/public/events?category+CPD

Derek Rae Runs 10K Personal Best

Congratulations to GB Paralympian Derek Rae from Kirkcaldy and Fife AC who ran a personal best time at the Stirling 10K. Derek’s time of 32.33 is a PB by 7 seconds. Derek is coached by Ron Morrison at Fife AC and the Stirling 10K is one of three events identified…

2017 National Lawn Bowls Championships

The sun was shining for bowlers in Aberdeen for the 2017 National Lawn Bowls Championships.  SDS returned to Westburn Park, Aberdeen for another successful Championships. The picturesque park in the heart of the Granite City has been the home of the Championships for almost thirty years now and as ever…
Martin Perry

Playing our Part: Martin Perry

23-year-old Martin Perry from Paisley attended mainstream school and was fully included within mainstream PE lessons. He was signposted by an Active Schools co-ordinator to Scottish Disability Sport’s summer sports camp, where he was introduced to the world of disability sport. The rest is history for Martin. Since then, Martin…
Lewis McConnell

A Winning Weekend in Liverpool

The latest post from Lewis McConnell, Coaching Futures Apprentice Boccia Coach is now available to read. Find out about what an apprentice coach does during the UK Championships here: https://apprenticebocciacoach.wordpress.com/

History Made at School Games by Basketball Stars

The Scotland under 19 team became the first ever Celtic Nation to achieve a podium finish, securing the bronze medal in the wheelchair basketball element of the 2017 School Games which was held at Loughborough University between 31st August and 3rd September.  The School Games is a highlight of the…

Fife Teenager Competes in First Open Water Event

Congratulations to S14 swimmer Cerys Venters Scott who recorded a time of 00:17:57 for the half mile course at the Great Scottish Swim in Loch Lomond. This was the first appearance by Cerys in an open water event and surely will not be her last. Despite a rather frantic but…

RDA at Blair International Horse Trials

A great four days at Blair again this year! It was great to have so many volunteers from the groups to help out on the stand – thank you to you all! We took over £2,000.00 which made the whole event very worthwhile – the Tombola was extremely popular with…

Logan Eases to Crown as Junior British Champion

  Edinburgh based Ruairi Logan can be very pleased with his British Open Wheelchair Tennis Championships in Nottingham at the beginning of August.  The 15 year old retained his British Open boys singles title with a comfortable 4-0, 4-0 win against Northern Ireland’s Ross Gourley in the final and then…

Scottish Youngsters Prepare for National Junior Champs

Scotland will be represented at under 19 and under 15 level at this weekend’s National Junior Wheelchair Basketball Championships as they go into battle with the other Home Countries in this highly prestigious event within the youth calendar.  Both age groups will be travelling south of the border with a…

RDA National Championships 2017

Every year I attend the Championships it grows more exciting, inclusive, exhausting, thrilling and above all, the friendliest sporting event that I have ever been involved with. There is little time between the qualifiers and the championships to really get your head around the whole experience but for those travelling…

Para Bowlers set for Northfield

Scottish Disability Sport is delighted to be invited by Bowls Scotland to include para-bowls events in the National Championships at Ayr Northfield on Friday 27 and Saturday 28 July 2017. Previously we have had competition in the Men’s B6 and Men’s B7/8 classification, as well as a ladies Open class…

Scottish Para Come & Tri Series 2017

Triathlon Scotland are delighted to be working with Scottish Disability Sport and a number of local partners to deliver a series of three Para Come and Tri events during the 2017 triathlon season! The event is a ‘come and try’ event designed for athletes with a disability to try the…

Success for West of Scotland Sailer

West of Scotland athlete Rory McKinna is a well-known swimmer within disability sport. However, it is the sport of sailing wherehe has been excelling in recent months. The Clyde Cruising Club member recently won the Hansa UK National Championships in the 303 Single Person class. The competition was held at…

Another Successful Summer Sports Camp at Inverclyde

Scottish Disability Sport (SDS) joined forces with Short Breaks Fund, Wheelpower and the Big Lottery to run a residential sports summer camp for 35 young people with a physical or sensory impairment at the all-new sportscotland Inverclyde Sports Centre. The aim of the camp is to introduce participants to a…

Micky Yule Crowned British Champion 2017

Scotland’s Rio 2016 Paralympian was in action over the weekend at the British Weightlifting and Para-Powerlifting Championships in Coventry.  The Musselburgh born lifter secured a new personal best of 195kg to take the title. Yule is on course for representing Team Scotland at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. Below…
Callum Sloan with coach Pamela Robson after the marathon

YPSP – Callum Sloan’s London Mini Marathon 2017

London is one of the biggest and coolest cities in the world. It also hosts one of the biggest events on the athletics and sporting calendar, The London Marathon. Of course being fourteen years old I’m not able to do the 26.2 mile course, so instead I do the London…

2017 National Junior Athletics Championships

The 2017 Scottish Disability Sport Junior Athletic Championship – run once again in partnership with Scottish Athletics – was hosted once more by Grangemouth Stadium. Over 350 athletes from all over Scotland were welcomed from schools and clubs covering the length and breadth of Scotland. One of Scotland’s leading athletes…

Safeguarding in Sport Survey

With recent media attention on safeguarding in sport sportscotland, Disclosure Scotland, Volunteer Scotland and Children 1st are conducting a survey to identify the knowledge and awareness of safeguarding in sport. Scottish Disability Sport fully supports this piece of work as it will positively influence safeguarding training and support for those…

Events Round-Up

It has been a very busy first half of 2017 for the SDS Events Calendar. It started with a brand new event for SDS, with the inaugural SDS Disability Badminton Championships, run in partnership with Lothian Disability Badminton Club, which saw excellent entry numbers and a high standard of play…

National Performance Swimming Championship 2017

Scottish swimmers looking to progress in the para swimming pathway congregated at Aberdeen Aquatics Centre to compete in the SDS/SS National Performance Championships. Thirty nine swimmers from across the length and breadth of Scotland competed in their classification groups in a multi classification format to achieve personal bests and break…

Adaptive Skiing: getting everyone out on the snow

The sport of adaptive skiing has advanced dramatically in recent years, really opening up this exciting and incredibly liberating pursuit to be fully enjoyed by people with physical disabilities or visual impairments. The result – whether it’s based on a more traditional skiing setup involving standing bi-skis, duals-skis or monoski,…

SDS Young Persons Sport Panel

Scottish Disability Sport Young Persons Sport Panel is now in its second year. The panel is made up of 12 young people representing 9 of the 13 SDS member branches. The panel have had 6 meetings to date including media training with Commonwealth Games Scotland and have attended many SDS…

RNIB Events for Young People

The Looking to the Future, Transitions Team, at RNIB Scotland is planning a series of events for young people with a visual impairment, aged between 15 and 25. The first of our events is a two-night residential aimed at 16 to 18 year olds.  A letter and registration form can…

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…

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…
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…
Junior A Winners 2017 - Carrongrange

2017 National 5-a-side Football Championships

Scottish Disability Sport (SDS) and the Scottish Football Association (SFA) were delighted to deliver the National 5-a-side football Championships at Glasgow Green once again. An entry of 45 teams from all over Scotland arrived at Glasgow Green to participate in the SDS/ SFA National Championships to determine which team can…
B7/8 Male Section Finalists 2017

2017 National Indoor Singles Championships

Scottish Disability Sport (SDS) and the Scottish Indoor Bowling Association (SIBA) were delighted to hold the 2nd annual National Indoor Para Bowls Singles Championships once again at Falkirk IBC. The event originally arose out of a willingness of various stakeholders agreeing to work together to make this new event possible…

National Cross-Country Championships 2017

Scottish Disability Sport and Scottish Athletics returned to Bellahouston Park, Glasgow for the 2017 National Cross-Country Championships. After some inclement weather and traffic challenges ensured the original date for this event was cancelled, a date was secured at the same venue in late April for another attempt at this event.…
Callum Sloan with coach Pamela Robson after the marathon

Three Minute PB by Young Fife Wheelchair Athlete

Competing in his third Virgin Money London Mini Marathon, Callum Sloan from Dunfermline recorded 00:21:25 in the under 14 boys wheelchair race. Coach Pamela Robson reckons this was a personal best time by over three minutes. Just reward for the many hours of training on the track and on the…
Martin Perry in action

BTTAD National Championships 2017

Martin Perry celebrated his promotion last week to the British Performance Squad by taking the class 6 singles title at the 2017 British Para Table Tennis Championships in Grantham, beating the European bronze medallist and three time Paralympian David Wetherill 3-2 in a thrilling final. “To beat someone like Dave…
Stefan running towards finishing line

YPSP Blog – Stefan Hoggan

Retirement Retirement – it’s a strange word to use when you are only 24 years old, but when you have been in sport for 20 years it starts to make more sense. At the end of 2016 I retired from professional sport after 18 years as a swimmer and two…
Orianne Slater with her award

Aberdeen Gymnast Retains Scottish and British Titles

Orianne Slater, a 15 year old disability gymnast with COAG (City of Aberdeen Gymnastics Club), is back and what a month this has been…!!! She competed at the 2017 Scottish Artistic Championships on March 4th-5th (Bells Sport Centre in Perth) and at the 2017 Gymnastics British Championships on March 24th-26th (Echo Arena in Liverpool). Orianne competed in the Disability category in…
The winning Team Lenton

Aviva Wheelchair Curling Challenge

Lockerbie Wheelchair Curling Club applied to the Aviva Community Fund and were awarded a grant to hold a new competition for wheelchair curlers with the aim of promoting the growing sport and encouraging wheelchair users to participate in, and be actively involved in a local community club. Two teams from…
Tennis Scotland

Learning Disability Tennis Camp

Tennis Scotland and the Tennis Foundation are offering people with a learning disability the chance to participate in the sport of  tennis at their annual camp on Saturday 13th May. This is an ideal opportunity to try the sport of tennis, get physically active and have fun!  No experience required!…

Scottish Wheelchair Curling Championship 2017

Wednesday 1st – Friday 3rd March 2017 saw the Peak, Stirling host the successful Scottish Wheelchair Curling Championship. Wednesday 1st March, also known as International Wheelchair Day, inspired over 50 wheelchair curlers to attend the three-day competition, which was praised as being played with a high level of friendship and…
The winning Forth Valley team

Forth Valley Win by Smallest of Margins at Grangemouth

Scottish Disability Sport (SDS) in partnership with scottishathletics held their annual National Sportshall Athletics Event at Grangemouth Sports Complex on Thursday 2nd March. Teams competed from all over Scotland at this event which is specifically designed as an entry level competition to introduce participants to the sport of athletics in…
Irene Edgar and David Thomas at the 2014 Commonwealth Games

SDS Para Bowls v SYIBA

Falkirk Indoor Bowling Club will be the setting for the Scottish Disability Sport Para Bowls test match against the Scottish Young Indoor Bowling Association (SYIBA) on Sunday 5 March 2017.  The event is set to become an annual fixture in the calendar, with both organisations seeing the benefit in the…

NDCS Outdoor Residential Opportunities

Events near you for deaf young people! First Time Away Weekend 27-28 May 2017 Ardeonaig Adventure Centre, Perthshire A residential taster packed with lots of exciting outdoor activities. For deaf young people aged 8-12 who haven’t stayed awy from home with the National Deaf Children’s Society. The initial closing date…
Ross Foley playing badminton

YPSP February Update – Ross Foley

2016 was a great year for me, going to different badminton tournaments around the UK and also working with Lothian Disability Sport Branch (LDS) and helping out at Scottish Disability Sport National events. The highlight of the year was winning the Princess Diana Award for inspiring people into sport. This…
Group photo of participants

Inclusive Coach Project Workshop

The Inclusive Coach project is run in Scotland between sports coach UK, Scottish Disability Sport and the various Scottish governing bodies of sport with funding and support from sportscotland. Research and consultation targeted at individuals with a disability indicates that better support is needed to help people get into coaching,…