Park event celebrates Parasport programme

The National Celebration of Parasport at Strathclyde Park. Pictured are swimmer Kayleigh Haggo, boccia player Peter McGuire, cyclist Laura Cluxton and table tennis player.
The National Celebration of Parasport at Strathclyde Park. Pictured are swimmer Kayleigh Haggo, boccia player Peter McGuire, cyclist Laura Cluxton and table tennis player.

A special event to promote parasport and launch a new Athlete Academy for Performance Athletes was held at Strathclyde Park recently.

The national celebration was organised by Scottish Disability Sport, working in partnership with Scottish Rowing, FABB Scotland/ Blazing Saddles’ Adaptive Cycling, Table Tennis Scotland, Scottish Canoe Association, Royal Yachting Association Scotland, Help for Heroes Sports Recovery and Fast Aid Medical and Mobility Products.

The aim was to offer people with physical and sensory disabilities the chance to try different sports with family and friends.

Sports on offer were boccia, canoeing, cycling, rowing, sailing and table-tennis.

It is the first time the organisations have collaborated all together to offer these sporting opportunities with the aim, in the year leading to the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, of highlighting the inclusion agenda within Scotland.

The event, which attracted 32 people from across Scotland to a sunny Strathclyde Park, was a roaring success, according to organiser Lynne Glen. She said: “We were delighted with the opportunities available to the 32 participants, everyone had a good time engaging with new sports and we hope this will foster an enthusiasm to continue on the sporting pathway.

“All partners contributed fully to ensure all participants had a positive sporting experience at this successful inaugural event.”

SDS was also delighted to launch its Athlete Academy, which is a support structure for talented athletes who have the potential to progress onto World Class Performance Programmes.

SDS invited some of the Academy Athletes to Strathclyde Park to launch the programme and swimmer Kayleigh Haggo (Maybole), boccia player Peter McGuire (Hamilton), cyclist Laura Cluxton (Tullibody) and table tennis player Conor McAdam (Dundonald) duly obliged.

Kayleigh said: “It means the world to me to be selected for the SDS Academy. SDS have been so supportive.”