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 shot putt, mini javelin (turbo javelin), 100m and the 4 x 100m relay.

During my time at the Special Olympics I made new friends and caught up with old ones, and won a few medals. I won gold in shot putt, gold for mini javelin (turbo javelin), also achieving a personal best of 16.34 metres! I was sixth in the 100m and in the 4 x 100m relay my team won bronze which was a great achievement for us as it was a really fast race against really hard and strong teams.

I would like to say well done to everyone who worked hard from the organising of this event to the running of it and the people who competed in the Special Olympics to make it a wonderful experience.

Once I got home it was straight back into training and straight back into competing as I had Perth Championships where I won three golds and a bronze. My golds were for shot putt, discus and javelin, where I beat my personal best again, this time throwing 16.09m! The bronze medal was for the 100m. It was a great and successful day that everyone taking part enjoyed.

I have one competition left of the season which is Scottish Disability Sport Senior Athletics Championships on 13 September. I am really looking forward to this competition as I unfortunately missed it last year and hope to win back my titles this year. After that competition it will be the start of my really hard winter training to prepare for the next season ahead.