Athletes pitch in at disability sports festival

Sammi Kinghorn with Kelsey Frew practicing the target throw
Sammi Kinghorn with Kelsey Frew practicing the target throw

More than 50 primary school pupils took part in the inaugural Disability Sportshall Athletics Festival, organised by Borders Sport and Leisure, at Jedburgh Grammar School.

Children with physical, learning or sensory disability from Hawick, Kelso and Jedburgh participated in the event which featured a range of indoor sports activities, including running, throwing and jumping events.

The pupils all received bronze medals for participating and special gold medals were awarded to the top athletes for each skill.

European champion wheelchair athlete Samantha Kinghorn, from Gordon, and rising talent Gemma Scott, from Jedburgh, attended the festival to encourage the children and present the medals.

Alan Oliver, Borders Sport and Leisure disability development officer, said: “The athletics Sportshall Challenge is a great concept for all aspiring athletes and it was magnificent to see so many children participate in various skills. The games hall was rocking with laughter, excitement and joy throughout the morning. I would like to thank all those who helped with the organisation of the event, including local coaches and the young coach volunteers. A special thank you also to Samantha and Gemma for supporting this event.”

The gold medals presented to the top athletes for each skill were awarded to: Kerr Stewart, Wilton Primary School (Hawick) - Sprint Relay; Coby McCaig, Wilton Primary School (Hawick) - Javelin; Oisin Harvey, Wilton Primary School (Hawick) - Target Throw; Sian Williams, Parkside Primary School (Jedburgh) - Standing Long Jump; Kelsey Frew, Burnfoot Primary School (Hawick) - Obstacle Relay.