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…

Dumfries & Galloway Disability Sport News Letter

The latest Dumfries & Galloway Disability Sport newsletter is now available to download here 

Borders Duo Travel to Ayr for the National Championships

Two para bowlers from the Scottish Borders are all set to compete at the National Championships in Ayr on Friday 27th July. Mike Nicoll and Daniel Porter have been invited by Scottish Disability Sport selectors to compete in the Para-Bowls events at Ayr Northfield, presenting an excellent opportunity to showcase the Para side of the…

South Ayrshire’s Colin Duthie Retires

It is a fond farewell to Colin Duthie, who has retired from his role as Sports Development Officer for South Ayrshire Council.  Colin had worked for the council since the early 2000’s, undertaking various different work, but his main role and passion were disability sport where he made a huge impact on the people of…
Keeley and Ryan with their medals

Lanarkshire Duo Attend Amputee Football Camp

Keeley Cerretti and Ryan Gregson (both from South Lanarkshire) were lucky to get a place in the Junior Amputee Football Camp in Poland.  They were put forward by Ashley from Finding Your Feet, and there were 58 other children (only three girls) from across Europe.  Keeley and Ryan travelled with their dads (David and Stephen…

Borders Boccia League Goes to the Wire

Kelso Gliders have been crowned 2017 Borders Boccia League Champions following a dramatic final day at the Queens Centre Galashiels. Contested over five successive days, five teams, Eyemouth Pirates, Hawick Hawks, Peebles Bears, Gala Gladiators and new addition Kelso Gliders took part in this year’s tournament with each fixture comprising of six single matches, three…

60 seconds with a Tayside athlete: Jack Milne

Name:  Jack Milne Branch: Dundee City Disability Sport Sport: Swimming Club: Dundee City Aquatics How did you get involved in your sport? I just loved swimming and how it made me feel and just wanted more time in the water. How long have you been playing your sport for? Started lessons at 3. Joined a…

Determined North Lanarkshire Equestrian Lauren

12-year-old Lauren Dempsey is a very determined and able young girl who loves all things sport. She has a huge love of horses and horse riding, and when she was 6, Lauren started riding at RDA (Riding for the Disabled Association) Glasgow Group.  She rides every Saturday in a group session, and now riding without assistance, Lauren has…

Warm Tayside Welcome from Finding Your Feet

Tayside Regional Development Manager Jennifer Scally was kindly invited to attend Finding Your Feet’s social club in Tayside & Fife – ampu-tea. Finding Your Feet support families affected by amputation or limb difference, through a range of sporting initiatives and social inclusion projects. Jennifer shared information with Finding Your Feet regarding sporting opportunities across the…

Perth Track & Field Championships

Saturday 02 September 2017 George Duncan Athletics Arena, Gowans Terrace, Perth, PH1 5AZ 11.00am – 4.00pm The championships are open to any athlete who has a physical, sensory or learning disability. Events will be divided into wheelchair user, race runner and athletes who are ambulant. Separate medals will be awarded for male/female and also for…

60 Seconds with a Tayside Athlete: Reagan Doig

Name: Reagan Doig Branch: Perth & Kinross Disability Sport Sport: Swimming Club: Stirling How did you get involved in your sport? Encouragement from a master swimmer who was a life guard at my swimming lessons How long have you been playing your sport for? 14 years Biggest Strength (as an athlete): Fly 100m What’s the…

Para Swimmer wins Sports Personality of the Year

Para swimmer and Gala Academy Pupil, Beth Johnston, became the school’s Sports Personality of the Year following a vote from her fellow peers.  A host of nominees were shortlisted for their achievements and dedication, across the sports of:  rugby, hockey, cricket, athletics, golf and swimming. The S10 swimmer has risen to prominence over the years…

Swimming Well Represented at LDS Annual Awards

The sport of swimming was well recognised at the recent Lothian Disability Sport (LDS) Annual Awards ceremony, securing three out of the six awards with a special recognition honour going to an experienced para swimming coach. The Annual LDS Awards were held at Norton Park Conference Centre, Edinburgh on Monday 26th June and continue to…

60 seconds with a Tayside athlete: Murran Mackay

Name: Murran Mackay Branch: Angus Disability Sport Sport: Wheelchair Racing Club: Red Star Athletics Club How did you get involved in your sport? Watched on Paralympics and decided that was the sport that I wanted to be involved in How long have you been playing your sport for? 3 years Biggest strength (as an athlete):…

Prestwick Sailing Club – For Visually Impaired

  Dates: Tuesday evenings 11th July to 8th August 4:30-7:30 To Book:  www.prestwicksailingclub.co.uk or call 0753146378 Info: 5 Tuesday evening sessions for those who are Visually Impaired or who are Blind. This course is run by our highly experienced and RYA qualified instructional team with basic VI Scottish Disability Sport Training. This course follows the…

Table Top Cricket in Highland Schools

Nairn Cricket Club are bringing table top cricket to Highland Schools as well as reaching out to all areas of the community this summer. And their cricket provision for disabled local people has grown thanks to a lot of hard work by volunteers. The club launched table cricket at The Manor, a care home for…
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Grampian Disability Sport Newsletter

The latest Grampian Disability Sport newsletter is now available to download here.

Fife Visit for GOGA Programme Manager

Disability Sport Fife (DSF) was pleased to welcome the Get Out, Get Active (GOGA) Programme Manager Kat Southwell to Fife along with Ailien Pallot the Scottish Disability Sport GOGA coordinator. GOGA is an exciting programme that encourages and supports disabled and non disabled people to take part in active recreation. The programme runs for over…

Wheelchair Racing is Part of Fife DNA

Wheelchair racing has always been part of the DNA of Disability Sport Fife (DSF). Over a decade ago numbers dropped as interest waned. Stimulated in the first instance by Callum Sloan, who secured his first racing wheelchair from the Saints netball club at the University of St Andrews, interest has returned. Callum now has a…

Kirkcaldy HS Sports Leaders – exceptional

Disability Sport Fife (DSF) enjoys a very special relationship with Kirkcaldy HS (KHS). For the past 7 years KHS has hosted the DSF 7s Football League at the High School and the standard of football in Fife for players with additional support needs has improved considerably as a consequence. KHS Sports Leaders for the past…
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Boccia Success for Young Tyler McLelland

Tyler McLelland is a young BC4 boccia player from Glenrothes who is being mentored and coached by GB Boccia Paralympian Kieran Steer from Crossgates. They meet every Monday evening at the Michael Woods Sports and Leisure Centre for a session supported by the Fife Sports and Leisure Trust. Mum Emma and Dad Mark are fully…

Dovecot Bowling Club – an Inclusive Fife Club

Over the past couple of years Disability Sport Fife (DSF) has committed to encouraging young people to consider bowls as a sports option. By linking with a number of Fife indoor and outdoor clubs the campaign is starting to pay dividends. The Dovecot Bowling club in Glenrothes is one of the most committed partnership clubs.…

Double Gold in USA for Beth Johnston

Borders Swimmer Beth Johnston continued her excellent development over the weekend, claiming double gold at the penultimate event in the World Para Swimming Series in Indianapolis, USA.  The series event was held at Indianapolis University Natatorium and was open to swimmers with a disability who met the relevant qualifying standards, with Scottish Swimming supporting a…

Right On Target Open Boccia Competition Hits the Mark Again!

For the fifth year running the Right On Target Boccia Club offered a warm invite to boccia players with physical and learning disabilities to their competition.  Once again the event attracted 70 players from across the length and breadth of Scotland to compete across five categories. The annual competition is an excellent introduction to competition…
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Red Star Track and Field Championships 2017

On Saturday 17th June, around 150 athletes descended on Crownpoint for Red Star’s Annual Athletics Championships.  Participants travelled from as far afield as Aberdeen and Dumfries & Galloway, which is great to see and they were welcomed by a dry and sunny day. As well as the numerous first time competitors which is fantastic to…

2017 Fife Lawn Bowls Championships

The Beveridge Park Bowling Club in Kirkcaldy played host once again to the Disability Sport Fife (DSF) Lawn Bowls Championships on Friday 16th June. The Championships were first held in 1976 at the Lynebank Hospital in Dunfermline but the Beveridge Park has been the traditional home for over 30 years. Math Thomson, Vice President of…

Josie Scoops High Life Highland Volunteer Award

For the last 14 years Josie Aitken has been a tremendous influence within the disability sporting sector with her drive and enthusiasm. She was one of the founding members of the Disability Inverness Sports Club (DISC) an affiliated group of Highland Disability Sport which she still runs weekly today with a small band of volunteers.…

Rotary Clubs Support DSF for the Third Year

Disability Sport Fife (DSF) has enjoyed forty years of support from Rotary International. 2017 is the third of three years of support from the Association of Fife Rotary Clubs for emerging performance sports people with a disability. Rotarians Jim Slater (Dunfermline Carnegie), Derek Thomson (Burntisland), Anne Tait (St Andrews Kilrymont) and Alan Farquharson (West Fife)…

2017 Fife Track and Field Championships

The 2017 Disability Sport Fife (DSF) Track and Field Championships supported by the Fife Sports and Leisure Trust were held at Pitreavie Athletics Centre in pleasant rain free conditions. The 230 participant entry was up on previous years with noticeable increases in athlete numbers with a physical or sensory impairment and juniors overall. Owen Miller from Fife AC was voted…

Clackmannanshire Football for All Festival

On Friday 9th June 2017 at Alloa Rugby Club, five teams from Falkirk, Stirling and Clackmannanshire came together to compete at the Annual Football for All Festival organised by Clackmannanshire Council Sports Development Department. On the day a total of 100 children, young people and adults with a physical, learning or sensory disability participated in…

Fife Athlete Secures New Racing Wheelchair

Susanne McGrath joined Disability Sport Fife (DSF) less than two years ago with the sole intention of completing a marathon before she reached a certain big birthday. Susanne achieved that goal comfortably and more and she is now an established member of the ever increasing Fife wheelchair racing squad that is coached by Pamela Robson…

First Fife Tennis Festival Receives the Thumbs Up

Disability Sport Fife (DSF) got together with Dunfermline Tennis Club to organise a two hour tennis Festival at the club facilities on Monday 12th June. The Festival brought to an end the second year of the very popular DSF Tennis Academy initiative supported by Alan Russell Head Coach of Dunfermline Tennis Club and Gary Whitton from Kirkcaldy Lawn…

Grampian Parasport Festival

Fun and sport were on the agenda today at the annual Scottish Disability Sport Para Sport Festival hosted by Aberdeen Sports Village. The Parasport Festival is targeted at children with a physical, hearing or visual impairment from both primary and secondary age groups. The aim of the festival is to provide a range of sports…
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Grampian Summer Programme 2017

The Grampian Summer Programme information is available to download here. If you have any queries please contact Gemma Lewis, Disability and Inclusion Sports Officer on 01467 534 730 or gemma.lewis@aberdeenshire.gov.uk. For more information on disability sport opportunities visu: www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/leisure-sport-and-culture/sports/sports-development/disability-sport/ http://grampiandisabilitysport.org.uk/gds/ www.facebook.com/grampiandisabilitysport www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/facebook  
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Dumfries & Galloway: Have Your Say

Have your say on being active and improving your health and wellbeing. Are you part of a vulnerable group such as disabled, autistic or elderly? Or perhaps you work with someone who ie? You are invited to an Active Schools and Community Sport engagement evening on Tuesday 13th June at Castle Douglas Town Hall, 6pm-8pm.…

Dumfries & Galloway Weekly Sports Club

Weekly sports club for people with a disability: all ages and abilities welcome. Fridays, Loreburn Hall, Dumfries – 4.30-5.30pm. For further information please contact Laura Vickers on 01461 207 028 / 07795 637 689 / 07795 680 141 or email laura.vickers@dumgal.gov.uk.

FVDS: # Volunteers Week

The tireless work of Forth Valley Disability Sport volunteers allows our organisation to grow stronger every year. As this week Thursday 1st June to Wednesday 7th June 2017 is Volunteers Week, FVDS would like to take this opportunity to thank all the volunteers involved within disability sport across the Forth Valley area. FVDS greatly appreciates your…

Grampian Games 2017

The 2017 Grampian Games kicked off on Friday 27th May with indoor bowls at Garioch Indoor Bowling Club.  The physical and sensory disability category was a hard fought race with just one shot separating the winner and runner up.  The results were as follows. Lawn Bowls Learning Disability Category Winner Shona Fraser Runner Up Andrew…