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 new wheelchair and his original chair has been borrowed by our youngest racer, Niamh Currie.
Susanne McGrath started racing in a borrowed DSF wheelchair from the early years but she now has a new chair part funded by local fund raiser Neil Smart, the Russell Hogg Trust and her own efforts. Jonny Brown started out in an old DSF wheelchair but he also now has a new chair provided by Education Scotland through Scottish Disability Sport.
The latest athlete to join the squad is Graham McIntyre who competed in his first DSF Track and Field Championships in a borrowed chair from scottishathletics. Graham has taken to the sport enthusiastically as he does with every activity he adopts.
The squad is tight knit but will welcome any new members at any time. Please contact the DSF office for further information. Training is held at the Pitreavie Athletics Centre in Dunfermline and Michael Woods Centre in Glenrothes. The more experienced racers train in the parks and proms of Fife. The rivalry between the squad members is healthy and was clearly visible at the recent Fife Championships. Well done to all squad members.
Photos: Rebecca Lee
Richard Brickley MBE
President, Disability Sport Fife