Disability sport to be recognised at awards

The incredible achievements of Borders athletes with a disability will be highlighted at this year's Celebration of Sport Awards.

Tuesday, 16th February 2016, 1:37 pm
Updated Tuesday, 16th February 2016, 1:39 pm
Borders Sport & Leisue disability sport officer Alan Oliver with his 2015 Celebration of Sport Disability Award

The winner of the 2016 Disability Sports Award sponsored by Borders.co.uk will be announced at the presentation dinner on March 4 and, with over 25 clubs across the Scottish Borders now including regular members with a disability, competition is tougher than ever.

Changes in the provision of facilities for disability sport have taken place in the region over the last three years following the appointment of development officer Alan Oliver in 2012.

“The response I have received from sporting organisations and clubs to improving access to sport for those with a disability has been magnificent,” said Oliver, who’s prowess on the international badminton scene earned him the award last year.

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“The benefits are not only clear to see in the number of people now regularly participating in sport but also in the achievements of our athletes who have been competing and winning at regional, national and international levels.”

Darren Rogerson from Borders.co.uk added: “Borders.co.uk is an innovative new initiative to help to promote all organisations and businesses in the region.

“We are proud to support the award and are excited to discover who will win this year and be acknowledged for their part in flying the flag for disability sport.”