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Supporting a bright future for young athletes

Gavin MacLeod , Chief Executive

Young People
Chief Executive of Scottish Disability Sport (SDS) Gavin MacLeod hopes that young athletes can draw inspiration from the spectacular Team Scotland performance at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games last summer.

Eight of the 22 Scottish para-athletes at the Games were under 25 years of age, with Erraid Davies being the youngest at just 13.

So it’s important that young athletes continue to be inspired by the Games and that a constant stream of potential para-athletes embrace sport in Scotland. 

The participating para-athletes at the Games contributed to an all-time record medal haul and ultimately raised the profile of disability sport in Scotland.

Over the past year there have been a number of successes for disability sport in Scotland and SDS continues to promote an active legacy of the Games for the Team Scotland athletes of the future.

Our SDS Regional Managers are working with sportscotland Regional Coaching and Volunteering Partnership Managers to support 79 coaches through Coaching Talent  Programmes. SDS are also encouraging 252 young disabled people to attend para-sport development days, that run across five SDS regions.

Scotland needs positive role models to reaffirm the importance of para-sport. We also need positive role models to continue the legacy of the Games.

A number of our athletes recently spoke about the opportunities and benefits that come with the support and activities available to young para-athletes. 

Another key highlight of Scotland’s para-sport future will be the first ever para-sports facility at the sportscotland National Sports Centre Inverclyde in Largs. This facility will allow current and aspiring athletes to train at a world-class, fully integrated, multi-sports complex.

SDS are also looking forward to Legacy Week 9 – 15 March and celebrating the impact sport and activity has had on Scotland since the Games. This week long celebration will show the positive impact that hosting the Commonwealth Games had on Scotland and will highlight Legacy 2014 activity before, during and long after last summer’s spectacular event.