Gavin Drysdale (photo by Bobby Gavin)
SportsAid Scotland have handed out a significant windfall to the nation’s best young sporting talent – and we are delighted there are no fewer than nine recipients from Para athletics in Scotland.
Across these pages a couple of months ago, we were pleased to confirm the award of grants to 21 athletes.
Now it has been confirmed that a further nine athletes have been rewarded for their dedication and commitment to Para athletics, with awards to help them towards training and competition costs.
Well done to the following athletes and their families and coaches on the SportsAid grant awards:
Kyle Brotherton – wheelchair racing; coach: John Owens
Luke Deighan – wheelchair racing; coach: John Owens
Gavin Drysdale – RaceRunning 100m-400m, coach: David Phee/John Owens
Sam Fernando – 5k, 10k, steeplechase; coach: Ron Morrison
Sean Frame – wheelchair racing; coach: Joyce Rammell
Kayleigh Haggo – RaceRunning 100m-400m, coach: John Owens
Kirsty Soutar – throws; coach: John Owens
Alexander Thomson – sprints; coach: Chris Baillie
Mel Woods – wheelchair racing; Rodger Harkins
Looking forward to working in partnership with @PerthHarriers at their ‘Come and Try Athletics‘ in Perth on Tues 20th July -4.30pm-6pm
This free event is open to anyone aged 5 years to senior with a physical, sensory or learning disability
— Scottish Disability Sport (@SDS_sport) June 4, 2021
There’s a special open day event coming up in Perth for would-be Para athletes.
Perth Strathtay Harriers are the hosts for the ‘Come and Try Athletics‘ event on Tuesday 20 July from 4.30pm to 6pm.
This free event is open to anyone from the age of five to Seniors with a physical, sensory or learning disability.
The Perth club last year won our Janice Eaglesham Para Development Club of Year, when it was introduced for the first time as we sought to acknowledge and encourage an inclusive approach by clubs.