Deaf-Friendly Aquatics Workshops

The National Deaf Children’s Society are running two Deaf-Friendly Aquatics Workshops: Monday 26 February 2018, 9.30am-12.30pm at Castle Semple Country Park, Lochwinnoch Sunday 29 April 2018, 10.00am-1.00pm at Caledonia House, Edinburgh The workshops support instructors and coaches to ensure deaf young people are fully included in aquatic activities. Instructors and…

National Performance Short Course Swimming Champs

Despite the adverse weather conditions many of Scotland’s Top Para Swimmers were in attendance at the National Short Course Performance Swimming Championships on Sunday 21 January, held at the country’s top swimming venue, Tollcross International Swimming Centre in Glasgow.  The strength of the partnership between Scottish Swimming and Scottish Disability…
Teacher and student on artificial ski slope

Scottish Visually Impaired Skiers

There are many opportunities across Scotland for people living with visual impairments. BBC Sport have recently profiled Scottish Visually Impaired Ski Club based at Midlothian Snowsports Centre – click on the link below to see the inspiring guides and skiers: https://www.facebook.com/bbcsportscotland/videos/2028385220510690/?hc_ref=ARTeq6W_0t8dKrdT0q0bY2Gst5tcCz5Mc9EmxJ2VK8EABIsTAyUWXawpCqW_D_Vg7V4  

38th Annual SDS National Carpet Bowls

The 38th annual Scottish Disability Sport National Carpet Bowls Championships took place at Dundee International Sports Complex (DISC) on February 3 2018. This event traditionally is one of the first major events in the competition year and brings together many of the nation’s leading indoor and outdoor bowlers. The quality…

St Mirren Warriors Edge Out Lothian Phoenix

The showcase event in the 2018 Scottish Wheelchair Basketball calendar saw St Mirren Warriors go head to head with Lothian Phoenix on Saturday 27th January at Oriam, Edinburgh.  The day saw a true feast of top class basketball as a number of National finals were played successively, including the men…

SDS National Coach Development Programme

Scottish Disability Sport, in partnership with sportscotland, recently hosted a Nutrition and Hydration workshop through the SDS National Coach Development Programme. The workshop was a huge success, hosted in Stirling’s sportscotland Institute of Sport with video conferencing links to Glasgow, Edinburgh, Inverness and Aberdeen.  We were very fortunate to have…

Ready to rock in 2018 – Colette Martin

Having graduated from university last summer my life is as busy as ever! I am currently undertaking an internship with Scottish Disability Sport in which I am learning a whole new side of sport, through a sports development and events perspective, which I am really enjoying. I have enjoyed helping…

SDS & Lothian Disability Badminton Championships

The Scottish Disability Sport Lothian Disability Badminton Championship provided a feast of competition and tensely-fought encounters on Saturday, with titles galore being won in Edinburgh. It was hosted at Napier University by Lothian Disability Badminton Club and Scottish Disability Sport, and run by Roselind and Alistair Hall with support from…

Volunteers Needed for Sport and Exercise Project

Hope Gordon of the SDS Young Persons Sports Panel is conducting a Sport and Exercise Science Honours Project at Edinburgh Napier University and is seeking volunteers. The aim of the project is to study the difference in energy expenditure between single above knee and single below knee amputees. Participants will…

YPSP: Hope Gordon, British Para Championships

I am now in my final year at university doing Sport and Exercise Science – between uni, training and work, life is very busy, but I wouldn’t change a thing. My most recent competition was the British Para-Swimming Championships down in Manchester, which fell right in the middle of exams.…

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…