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 Kieran Steer plus support from Claire Morrison from GB Boccia, the young BC4 player is making steady progress. Emma successfully completed her Boccia Leadership award this year and later in the year she embarks on her UKCC Level 1 Boccia with support from Scottish Disability Sport and sportscotland. They are a formidable pairing. Tyler is also well supported by Dad Mark and brother Jack.
DSF is trying to build a competition boccia squad around Tyler in the same way as the successful athletics initiative around wheelchair racer Callum Sloan has led to a registration of over 20 junior athletes with physical or sensory impairments. Thanks to financial support from the Order of St John in Fife Tyler has taken possession of a new set of competition boccia balls, purchased in Spain and secured by Claire Morrison from Dalgety Bay on behalf of Tyler. He cannot wait to meet up with Order Members to show them his new boccia balls in action.
Disability Sport Fife is as always pleased to be associated with the long running Discovery Games. Tyler picked up another top three finish in a mixed class competition but most importantly he gained valuable competitive boccia experience.
Richard Brickley MBE – President Disability Sport Fife