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…

Wheelchair Curling Talent Identification / Transfer Opportunity

Wheelchair curling is offering a talent identification and talent transfer opportunity for potential Paralympians.  If you are currently performing in a sport, have the mindset, commitment and ambition to be the best you can with the ultimate aim of being a Paralympian, then we would like to support you to…

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,…
Fiona Christie

Scottish 4 Nations ParaBadminton Tournament

Many of Scotland’s finest ParaBadminton players took to the stage at last weekend’s Scottish 4 Nations ParaBadminton Tournament. The annual event took place at Ravenscraig Regional Sports Facility in Motherwell between the 17 and 19 February. The Scots came up trumps once again with Fiona Christie, Aimee Allan and Karen…
Group photo of 2017 winners

2017 SDS National Carpet Bowls Championships

The 37th annual Scottish Disability Sport National Carpet Bowls Championships took place at Dundee International Sports Complex (DISC) on February 4 2017. 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…
Josh Manson and Gordon Reid playing in the Scottish Cup

Lothian Phoenix retain the Scottish Cup v St Mirren Warriors

The Scottish Cup this weekend was a closely fought game and definitely presented the sport in a positive light.  Colin Chriton, Chair of the Scottish Lord’s Taverners and Ruth Hampton form the Scottish Lord’s Taverners together with Lee Fawcett from RGK Wheelchairs presented the medals.  Lord’s Taverners Ambassador for Scotland,…
Group photo of Madras College pupils

East Cross Country Series 3 – Fife

Series 3 of the 2017 East Cross Country Series was held at the Beveridge Park in Kirkcaldy. The event was organised by Disability Sport Fife (DSF) and Fife AC on behalf of Scottish Disability Sport and Scottish Athletics. Fife AC provided the officials and Kirkcaldy HS a team of Sports…
L to R: David Purdie & Colin Leslie (Silver Medals), Bobby Laing & Alan Oliver (Gold Medals)

2017 National Badminton Championships

The inaugural Scottish Disability Sport/Lothian Disability Badminton Club (LDBC) Championships were held at Engage Centre, at Edinburgh’s Napier University on Saturday 28th January. Given the inclusion of para-badminton in the programme for Tokyo 2020 Paralympics it is imperative that the pathways from local to national involvement in this fine sport are strengthened.…
Two swimmers preparing to dive at the championships

National Performance Swim Championships 2017

Sunday 22nd January 2017 The Mercat Gait Centre in East Lothian played host to the Scottish Disability Sport / Scottish Swimming National Short Course Performance Swim Championships on Sunday 22nd January 2017, attracting 42 swimmers with a physical, sensory or learning impairment from all regions of the country. The Performance…
Head and shoulders of Mitchell Graham

Mitchell Graham – Reflections and Looking Forward

2016 was a great year, I balanced my work (Forth Valley Disability Sport), university (Canterbury Christ Church/YMCA George William College), training (athletics – preparing for Deaflympics 2017) and volunteering (SDS Young Persons Sport Panel). The highlight of my year was focusing on my training because I believe that I can…
Gemma Lumsdaine coaching young players

Can Coach, Will Coach

Scottish Disability Sport, in conjunction with Sports Coach UK, sportscotland, and various Scottish governing bodies, are working to provide mentoring opportunities to support young people transition from playing to coaching sport. The Inclusive Coach programme is currently helping two young people, Gemma Lumsdaine and Lucy Walkup, to realise their potential…
Sammi Kinghorn

Wheelchair Racing Workshop

scottishathletics and Scottish Disability Sport are hosting a basic racing chair maintenance workshop led by Bromakin Wheelchairs and open wheelchair racing training session led by Jenni Banks, Senior Institute Wheelchair Racing Coach, British Athletics and Ian Mirfin, Scottish Athletics Paralympic Lead at Grangemouth Stadium on 11th February 2017. Bromakin will hold…
Children 1st

Safeguarding MOR

SDS has achieved 100% across all 8 Safeguarding Minimum Operating Requirements (MOR’s). All Scottish Governing Bodies of sport are required by Children 1st and sportscotland to achieve these MOR’s to ensure they are compliant across all area of safeguarding and child protection. This in turn makes sure that all policies…

Alan Gray – YPSP Blog December 2016

As a member of the Lothian Disability Sport committee, I helped to deliver the SDS (non BISFed) Boccia Open which was held at the Napier University Engage Sports Complex. For those unfamiliar with the sport of boccia, it is similar to that of bowls and the word boccia itself is…

Paralympian Sammi takes Title in Borders

There is no doubt that Sammi Kinghorn can reflect on many fine performances in 2016 which saw her compete in her first Paralympics and more recently, win a title in her home patch of the Scottish Borders amongst other successes. The 10km Scottish Championships for Wheelchair Racing took place in…

2016 Events Round-Up

2016 has been another exciting year for the SDS Events Calendar. The year was brought to an exciting close with the two National Junior Swimming Championships in November which featured many record-breaking performances from Beth Johnston (Borders), Oliver Carter (Fife), the McCulloch brothers (West), Tammy Neef (Highland), Jack Milne (Dundee)…
Frances Smiley, Alastair Ramsey, Jack Dickson, Ronan Cacace and Matthew Copley

National Tennis Tournaments

The National Tournament for players with a Visual Impairment, organised by the Tennis Foundation, was held on 15th & 16th October at the National Tennis Centre. Three players who train with Glasgow Disability Tennis competed – Sam Howie, Laura Grant & Andrea Logan. Results: Sam competed in the B2 singles…
Tammy Need and Jack Milne receiving their Best Female & Male Awards at the Championships

2016 National Junior Swimming Championships

The Junior Swimming Championships are one of the longest running in the national calendar organised by Scottish Disability Sport (SDS) and next year we celebrate the fortieth edition of the Junior Championships for swimmers with a learning disability – the major occasion of the junior swimming year.  SDS was pleased…
Gordon Reid at the British Open

Reid Hopes to Emulate Murray at Season Ending Masters

After watching Andy Murray end his season as world No.1, his compatriot Gordon Reid knows he has the chance to end the UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Tour as world No.1 if he can win the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters 2016 that starts in London on Wednesday (30 November). “It has been…
Claire Morrison with Heather Lowden and award

Claire Morrison – Boccia Performance Coach of the Year

The second UK Boccia Coaching Conference was held on 19 November 2016 in Nottingham where it was announced that Claire Morrison won the Boccia Performance Coach of the Year.   Claire Morrison is a very deserving winner as in 2016, two of the players whom she coaches won gold medals –…
Alan Oliver

Disability Badminton Championships 2017

Lothian Disability Badminton Club & Scottish Disability Sport Disability Badminton Championships 2017 Saturday January 28th 2017 – Play Commencing from 9 a.m. Napier University Sports Facility Sighthill Campus, Edinburgh EH11 4BN For more information download the entry form here.
Best boy Lewis McCulloch and best girl Beth Johnston with their medals

SDS National Junior Swimming Championships

The thirty-ninth Junior Championships for sensory impaired and physically disabled swimmers organised by Scottish Disability Sport took place at Grangemouth Sports Complex – the venue for these championships for over twenty years now. The Junior Championships have witnessed memorable contests over the years between emerging and established Scottish swimmers and…
Group photo of competitors Stuart Bowler, James Hamilton, Mark Telford, Dave Rhoney, Pauline Gallagher, Sarah Bailie, Joanna Martin and Coach John Blair

Scottish Indoor Rowing Championships 2016

The Scottish Indoor Rowing Championships were held on Saturday 29th October, Bellahouston, Glasgow.  The championships are an annual event that attracts competitors from rowing and non-rowing backgrounds from across the UK and Europe. The rowing championships offers inclusive competition opportunities for para rowers who also compete within the mainstream championships. Individual…
Deaf swimmers in the pool

NDCS – First Scottish Deaf-Friendly Swimming Gala

The National Deaf Children’s Society and North Lanarkshire Leisure are teaming up to hold a deaf-friendly swimming gala in Airdrie. Swimmers will have the opportunity to meet deaf role models, take part in a swimming ‘master class’ and put their skills into action in the deaf-friendly swimming gala! This is…
Scottish launch of the Get Out Get Active programme

Scottish Launch of Get Out Get Active Programme

On 2 October 2016, at the Scottish Disability Sport AGM, the Scottish launch of the Get Out Get Active programme took place. This is an exciting new UK programme funded by Spirit of 2012 with three Scottish localities, Grampian, Fife and Forth Valley, taking part. For full information please download…

SDS Boccia Open Championships (Non-Bisfed) 2016

Saturday 8th October 2016 – [EN]GAGE Sports Centre, Napier University, Edinburgh Scottish Disability Sport (SDS) were supported by local branch, Lothian Disability Sport (LDS) to deliver the annual Scottish Boccia Open Championships for players out with the bisfed classification, attracting around 60 players to Edinburgh on Saturday 8th October. The…