Railworkers’ backing gets Colette on track for Games

ON TRACK . . . Colette Martin's fundraising efforts in aid of a new wheelchair have been boosted by ScotRail staff.
ON TRACK . . . Colette Martin's fundraising efforts in aid of a new wheelchair have been boosted by ScotRail staff.

SCOTRAIL staff from Motherwell are on track to help wheelchair athlete Colette Martin achieve her goal of representing Scotland at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

The 17-year-old Taylor High pupil, who suffers from spina bifida, needs a new racing wheelchair - costing £4,000 - in order to keep up her training.

Her father, Chris – a train driver – got colleagues at Motherwell Station to sponsor Colette’s efforts to raise the money.

The teenager launched her fundraising with a sponsored 10k ‘push’ at Strathclyde Park in February and received a further boost following a £1,200 donation from ScotRail’s parent company FirstGroup, the Aberdeen-based transport operator.

Colette has already completed the London Marathon, won the 2011 Ignis Asset Management Women’s 10k and been crowned Scottish Athletics’ Disabled Athlete of the Year in 2010.

She said: “I’m aiming for a place in the Scottish team for Glasgow 2014, so it’s important that I keep training and competing in events. A new wheelchair means I can keep going and hopefully represent my country.”

Dad Chris said: “The support from the guys at Motherwell and from FirstGroup has been overwhelming. Colette is determined and dedicated – needless to say we’re very proud of her.”