RDA Chairman Visits Scotland as Part of “The Big Ride”

Last week the West & Central Region for Riding for the Disabled (RDA) had great pleasure in welcoming Sam Orde, Chairman of RDA National, to the Region.  Sam met and rode with the Strathearn/Rideaway Group. Sam said “The Big Ride part was lovely and I think that Crieff Hydro Stables looked after us very well …

Ayrshire Sportsability Swimming Festival

Ayrshire Sportsability held their annual competitive swimming festival on 12th September at KA Leisure’s lovely new facility at The Portal, Irvine. Children from schools all over Ayrshire came along to compete and medals were awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd. Special thanks to Ayrshire College students for volunteering, Gillian Mitchell for being our starter on …

Successful Inclusive Swimming Teaching CPD in Grampian

As part of Scottish Swimming and Scottish Disability Sport’s commitment to providing more opportunities for people with disabilities to get involved in swimming, Aberdeenshire Council ran an Inclusive Swimming Teaching workshop at Inverurie Swimming Centre. Sixteen swimming teachers took part in the insightful workshop, which aimed to provide them with a better understanding of their …
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Go Karting At The Experience, Hillington

On Saturday 28th of October from 10.45am-1pm we will be taking part in a Go Karting session at The Experience, Lothian Street, Hillington Park, Glasgow, G52 4JR. The Experience offers fully accessible Go Karting so we will be traveling round the track with a co-pilot who will do all the hard work while we enjoy …

WestMARC Running Clinic makes Great Strides

The continuing successful and fruitful partnership between Scottish Disability Sport and WestMARC (West of Scotland Mobility and Rehabilitation Centre), resulted in another fantastic event on Saturday 16th September. A collaboration between the two organisations led to a clinic on running on prosthetic limbs, delivered by UK Athletics physiotherapist Penny Broomhead. The day was split into …

Commscope Technologies Staff Send Off

GB Paralympian Derek Rae interrupted his Saturday morning training run to represent Disability Sport Fife (DSF) on the Esplanade at Kirkcaldy and offer best wishes to the staff of Commscope Technologies from Lochgelly who were heading off on their annual charity fund raiser walk/cycle. Disability Sport Fife has been selected by the staff to be …

Forth Valley Disability Sport Cross Country 2017

48 children from five high schools and three primary schools in the Forth Valley area came to Lornshill Academy in Tullibody on Tuesday12th September 2017 to compete in the FVDS Regional Cross Country. The young athletes with physical, sensory and learning disabilities challenged themselves competing over a 1km Cross Country course. On behalf of FVDS …

60 seconds with a Tayside athlete: Alex Medley

Name: Alex Medley Branch: Perth & Kinross Disability Sport Sport: Boccia Club: Tayside Regional Boccia Squad How did you get involved in your sport? Went along to No limits Boccia, Crieff and loved it How long have you been playing your sport for? 16 months Biggest Strength (as an athlete): Strategy What’s the best thing …

Ayrshire Sportsability Boccia Festival

Ayrshire Sportsability held their annual competitive boccia festival on 5th September at The Citadel, Ayr. Participants from schools all over Ayrshire came along to compete, and the medalists from the day have qualified to compete in the West of Scotland Schools Boccia competition on 19th September at the Emirates Arena, Glasgow.  Ayrshire Sportsability are delighted …

Best Year to Date for Young Fife Para Swimmer

Cameron Hemphill from Ladybank is the most improved young physically disabled swimmer in Fife in 2017. The young Disability Sport Fife (DSF) teenager moved to InCAS to access more training time and under the guidance of coach Garrie Roberts his performances have improved significantly. Cameron is now in third year at Bell Baxter HS and …

Central Parasport Festival 2017

We are delighted to announce details for the upcoming Central Parasport Festival 2017 Date:   Wednesday 25th October 2017 Time:  10.00am – 2.45pm (9:30am arrival and registration) Venue: The Peak, Stirling FK8 1QZ This festival is targeting pupils within a mainstream school setting in the Central area, with a physical, visual or hearing disability aged between P1 …

Headwell BC – Another Inclusive Bowls Setting in Fife

Disability Sport Fife identifies bowls as one of the most inclusive sports in the Kingdom and there are many examples of success stories. Community bowling clubs throughout Fife embrace DSF members with such enthusiasm and help them on their way along the well established bowls pathway that has been in existence in Fife for many …

Young Fife Boccia Player Continues to Progress

Tyler McLelland from Glenrothes is a relative newcomer to the Paralympic sport of boccia but improves with every competition. Tyler trains at the Michael Woods Sports and Leisure Centre and is part of the Disability Sport Fife Youth Squad. Tyler’s mum Emma is his current coach and with her guidance and early input from Paralympian …

Fife Bowler is up there with the Very Best

For most people it may be the particular delivery style that singles out Billy Allan from Cowdenbeath from other Scottish Para bowlers? Others may be impressed by his record of selections for IBD World Championships in Malaysia, Australia, South Africa and New Zealand and of course the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. There are however other …

Fife Teenager Moves to 11th in World Para Swimming

Oliver Carter from Cupar and Carnegie Swimming Club is off to the best start possible for the new swimming season.  Last month at the Fife Championships he lowered the Scottish record for 50m freestyle for the S10 class to 27.04. The previous record of 27.29 was held by five times Paralympian Paul Noble at 27.29. …

Grampian Para Come and Tri

As part of Triathlon Scotland’s ‘Scottish Para Come and Tri Series 2017’ in conjunction with Scottish Disability Sport & local partners, people from Grampian of all ages with a range of physical, sensory and learning disabilities took up the opportunity to swim, run and bike at Banff Academy on the 26th August. The 14 participants …

East Athletes Shine at 2017 School Games

The annual School Games was held over the weekend 31st August to 3rd September at Loughborough University, attracting many of the most talented school aged athletes from across the United Kingdom.  The School Games (formerly known as the UK School Games) is an integrated multi-sport event and seeks to create an inspirational and motivational setting …

Fife Bowlers Achieve Something Very Special

The achievements of Craig Donaldson (Central Fife CSS and Kinghorn BC) and Wendy Thomson (East Fife CSS and St Andrews Bowling Club) cannot be underestimated. Craig has won the Turnbull Shield at the Scottish Lawn Bowls Championships organised by Scottish Disability Sport on seven occasions and four times in the last seven years. Wendy has …

Fife Indoor Bowls Championships Aberhill

The hospitality extended to Disability Sport Fife (DSF) bowlers and support staff at the 2017 DSF Indoor Bowls Championships was as always exceptional. For almost thirty years East Fife Indoor Members have handed over their facilities to DSF to host their annual indoor championships. The 2017 event was arguably the most successful to date. Over …

60 Seconds with a Tayside athlete: Sarah Ellis

Name: Sarah Ellis Branch: Angus Disability Sport Sport: Boccia Club: Dundee Boccia Club & Tayside Boccia Squad How did you get involved in your sport? I went to the para-sport festival in Aberdeen in 2016 and really loved the sport so I joined my clubs. How long have you been playing your sport for? Around …

World Champion Coaches in Fife

Sammi Kinghorn from the Scottish Borders is a double gold medallist from the recent World Para Athletics Championships in London. Sammi and coach Ian Mirfin MBE came across to Fife on Wednesday 6th September to lead a technical and training workshop for the Disability Sport Fife (DSF) wheelchair racing squad. Sammi is a natural teacher …
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Central Disability Sport Events & Coach Education Calendar

Scottish Disability Sport (Central) would like to launch the Regional Disability Events Calendar for the upcoming academic year (August 2017 – 2018). Cheryl Willet, SDS Central RDM, would like to thank partners from Forth Valley Disability Sport, Clackmannanshire Council, Active Stirling, Falkirk Community Trust, Scottish Swimming, Scottish Athletics, Scottish Boccia and the Scottish Football Association …

2017 School Games Success for Tayside Trio

Thursday 31st August – Sunday 3rd September saw the School Games take place at Loughborough University. The 2017 School Games, delivered by the Youth Sport Trust (YST), are a major multi-sport event for the most talented young athletes across the UK. School Games saw Tayside athletes Jack Milne & Ben Leitch represent Scotland at the …

Inclusive Athletics Workshop Central Region

Monday 4th September saw the success of the Central Inclusive Athletics Workshop delivered by Shona Malcolm OBE from scottishathletics and hosted by Falkirk Community Trust at Grangemouth Stadium. 15 enthusiastic coaches, teachers and volunteers from across the Forth Valley area attended the workshop that included topics such as: Technical knowledge in working with Race Runners, …

Fife Juniors in form at the Perth Open

Disability Sport Fife coaches Pamela Robson and Gayle Sloan plus support staff were up in Perth this weekend with some of the Fife junior track and field squad for the Perth Open Track and Field Championships. All athletes medalled but most importantly the coaches paid tribute to the quality of support they displayed towards one …

Fife Club fully committed to inclusive bowls

Two years ago Mike and Joan Mowat signed up for a How to Coach Disabled People in Sport Workshop organised by Disability Sport Fife.  Since then so much has happened at Dovecot Bowling Club in Glenrothes. Club members have embraced the ethos of inclusive bowls totally and a small but hugely enthusiastic group of bowlers …

Fife Open Water Para Swimmers

The outcomes from commitment to para sport extend far beyond the winning of medals and training day after day with target times and specific championships in mind. Nothing epitomises this more than the relationship that has developed between two INCAS swimmers Kirsty Brunton and Cerys Venters Scott. Kirsty is a very keen and experienced open …

3rd Borders Boccia Open Competition – 30th September 2017

Scottish Borders Disability Sport Group (SBDSG) are hosting their 3rd Borders Boccia Open Competition on Saturday 30th September and is open for players of all ages with a physical or learning disability across the country. For most players this will be the last opportunity to sharpen up their skills in a competitive environment prior to …

Disability Sport Fife Wins Major Fife Award

Disability Sport Fife Chairman Paul Noble MBE and Enigma Gymnastics Club Head Coach Jenn Mann attended the Kingdom FM awards ceremony that celebrates the outstanding contribution made by individuals, organisations and local schools to communities across Fife. Kingdom FM’s Local Hero Awards are now in their 10th year and were held at the Rothes Halls …

Fife’s Lucy Walkup Continues to excel in Her Sport

Disability Sport Fife (DSF) tries to maintain contact with athlete members as they progress in life following their career in Para sport. Lucy Walkup from Glenrothes and Carnegie Swimming Club ​was one of Scotland’s most successful high performance deaf swimmers and a GB international for several years. Lucy was recognised by Disability Sport Fife and …

2017 Disability Sport Fife Bursaries

For the past 40 years Rotary International has played a major role in supporting Disability Sport Fife (DSF) to develop sports opportunities for children, athletes and players with a physical, sensory or learning disability. Rotary clubs throughout Fife have financially supported Fife teams, funded individual sportsmen and women, enabled the purchase of adapted equipment or …

Forth Valley GOGA Timetable

The latest Get Out Get Active timetable for Forth Valley is now available, including walking, cycling and swimming opportunities. For individuals of all ages with a physical, sensory or learning disability, encouraging family, friends and carers to get involved too! A great way to make friends, develop new skills and stay active. Descriptor & Timetable …

Lothian Athletes Star at Special Olympics National Games

A total of 69 athletes travelled from all over the Lothian Special Olympics region to participate in this year’s Special Olympics GB’s National Summer Games, hosted in Sheffield from Monday 7th to Friday 12th August.  The event saw a total of around 2600 athletes, 800 volunteer coaches, 1000+ volunteers and 150 officials from across the …

Pitreavie Run, Jump and Throws Session Thriving

I dropped in on the Disability Sport Fife Thursday run, jump and throws session at Pitreavie Athletics Centre which is in now in full swing following a short summer break. Supported by the Fife Sports and Leisure Trust and led by coaches Pamela Robson and Gayle Sloan, with critical input from young volunteers from Queen …

Bill Pullar Bursary Awards in Fife

The Disability Sport Fife (DSF) athlete and coach bursary system has assisted a significant number of individuals at a critical time in their sporting career. Bursaries have been awarded to assist members attend major events, purchase expensive equipment, meet their weekly training costs or settle fees or individual athlete sports event contributions. Over almost four …

Try Curling Sessions in Dundee, Stranraer, Stirling and Glasgow

Try Curling sessions provide a great taster to the sport with an introduction to the basics and information on how the game is played. Many sessions are free and last approximately one hour. Sessions are delivered by RCCC (The Royal Caledonian Curling Club – National Governing Body for Curling in Scotland) qualified coaches. WHAT TO …

Fife Swimmer Lifts First Open water Title

Well done to Kirsty Brunton from Dalgety Bay and INCAS swimming club and Adam Donnachie from East Kilbride on winning the women’s and men’s 1K race at the 2017 Scottish National Open Water Championships at Loch Venacher organised by Scottish Swimming earlier in the month. This was the first occasion that events have been included …

60 seconds with a Tayside athlete: Freya Howgate

Name: Freya Howgate Branch: Perth & Kinross Disability Sport Sport: Athletics Club: Perth Strathtay Harriers How did you get involved in your sport? Watching my big brother How long have you been playing your sport for? About 5 years Biggest Strength (as an athlete): I Iove to compete What’s the best thing about your sport? …

Special Olympics Success for Forth Valley

Forth Valley Disability Sport Team has excelled themselves in the 10th Special Olympics National Summer Games which was hosted in the City of Sheffield from Monday 7th August and Saturday 12th August 2017. Forth Valley Special Olympics Teams medal haul has reached 44 medals overall. The Forth Valley Team of 53 athletes and 29 coaches …

Fife Athlete Picks up Second Place in Haddington

Derek Rae from Kirkcaldy and Fife AC is currently listed three on the International Paralympic Committee World Para Athletics Official World Rankings for the T46 class. Derek has come a long way in the last few years as an international sportsman and it was the time he set in London earlier this year (2.32.24) that …

Amazing Experience at World Dwarf Games for Fife Family

Earlier in the year I reported that Skye and Finlay Davidson from Inverkeithing were part of the UK Dwarf Sports Association Team that headed to Canada for the 7th World Dwarf Games. The eight day Games have drawn to a conclusion and the Davidson family are heading home exhausted but fully satisfied that they have …

Fife Racing Squad in Action at East Fortune

Ian Mirfin MBE of scottishathletics extended an invitation to a number of Scotland’s wheelchair racers to compete at the East Fortune Race Track and seven of the nation’s emerging athletes enthusiastically signed up. Three athletes competed over 10Km and Disability Sport Fife members Graham McIntyre Susanne McGrath and Callum Sloan entered for the 5Km event …

RNIB Shape and Share Celebration

RNIB’s Children, Young People and Families Scotland Team invite you to a Shape and Share Celebration! Saturday 30 September 2017, Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh, 11:00 to 15:30 Murrayfield Stadium, Presidential Suite, Edinburgh Come along and join in all the fun. We will be celebrating three birthdays! Haggeye will be 10, Haggeye Jnr will be two and …

Amputee Football Kicks Off in Motherwell

Amputee Football Association Scotland (AFAS) are looking for new members who love the game of football! In collaboration with Motherwell FC Community Trust, AFAS are offering a new Amputee Football session open to Junior and Senior players with limb absence. The first training session will take place on Sunday 10th September at Firpark Stadium, Motherwell …

Fife Athlete Correctly Claims to be a New Person

I had the pleasure this week of having a coffee at Fisher and Donaldsons in Cupar with the remarkable Caroline Baird MBE. My specific mission was to meet the new Caroline following her extensive surgery and rehabilitation at the hands of a brilliant medical team in London. From the moment I picked her up at …

Forth Valley Special Olympics Team Send-Off

The morning of Monday 7 August saw over 200 family and friends arrive at St Modan’s High School for the send-off of the Forth Valley Special Olympics team. The team, made up of 53 Athletes, 29 Coaches and a 1 to 1 carer makes up the 82 delegation members of the Forth Valley Special Olympics …

60 seconds with a Tayside athlete: Gemma Lumsdaine

Name: Gemma Lumsdaine Branch: Angus Disability Sport Sport: Wheelchair Basketball and Wheelchair Rugby Club: Dundee Dragons and Caledonian Crushers How did you get involved in your sport? I had started playing wheelchair rugby league at my local club (Dundee Dragons) and through this was contacted by Tina Gordon, basketballscotland’s Wheelchair Basketball Development Officer, who was …

East Dunbartonshire Celebration of Sport 2017

In June 2017, Active Schools East Dunbartonshire in partnership with Sports Development organised the inaugural ‘Celebration of Sport’ Event.  The aim was to create a specific event for pupils with additional support needs.  Active Schools invited pupils from both ASN schools and mainstream schools. The Allander Leisure Centre in Milgavie was the venue for the …

North Para Come & Tri

Banff Swimming Pool Saturday 26th August 2017 Registration 1200 – First race: 1330 Relaxed, fun  and supported opportunity for athletes with a disability to try a short distance triathlon To view the flyer please click here To sign up please click here      

SDS Summer Camp 2017 Highlights

On Wednesday the 5th of July, young people with disabilities from all over Scotland congregated at the National Sports Centre Inverclyde for what can only be described as an action packed few days! On arrival participants were split into 3 teams who then competed against each other over the 3 days to see who would …