Rio 2016

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Scottish Disability Sport (SDS) is delighted to see so many Scots selected for the Paralympics GB team for the Rio de Janeiro Summer Paralympic Games. This will be the most Scots at a Paralympic Games since 1996 and we wish all 33 athletes and players, along with their coaches and support staff, every success in Rio. This level of representation would not be possible without the hard work and inclusive approach of SDS’s key partners across Scotland and we would like to thank Scotland’s Governing Bodies of Sport in particular for all they have done to make this happen.

SDS is committed to supporting the full inclusion of children, athletes and players within Scottish Sport and supporting those with potential to progress in their chosen sport. If you have been inspired by the success of Scottish athletes and players during the Rio Games and want to get involved, then why not contact us at SDS and we can support you to find your sport.

Quick Facts

  • Scottish athletes and players make up 12.5% of the ParalympicsGB team (compared to 9% at London 2012).
  • The 33 Scottish athletes are competing in 12 sports (compared to 11 sports at London 2012).
  • 18% increase of Scottish athletes/players at Rio 2016 compared to London 2012.
  • 60% of Scottish athletes/players competing at the Paralympic Games for the first time.
  • 36% of the athletes/players are women.
  • 42% of the athletes/players were supported by the SDS Academy.
  • 72% of the Scottish athletes/players competing in Rio 2016 have received support from SDS.
  • 82% are supported by sportscotland’s Institute of Sport.
  • 18% of the athletes/players are blind or visually impaired.
  • 40% of the athletes/players use a wheelchair for sports.
  • 27% of the Athletes and players are ambulant and have a physical disability.
  • 3% of the athletes and players have a learning disability.
  • 12% of the athletes and players are non-disabled.


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