Athletes aiming at Paralympics

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‘FULL steam ahead’ towards the Paralympic Games later this year was the key message to come from last week’s Disability Sport Fife’s annual general meeting reports, NEIL HENDERSON.

DSF President, Richard Brickley MBE praised the efforts of the last 12 months and said that 2012 would be a “hugely important year for disability sport” with the games opening ceremony taking place in London on August 29.

The organisation is hopeful of being represented at the games and thus maintaining an outstanding record which has seen it been represented at every Paralympics since 1984.

After the annual gathering Richard told the ‘Gazette’ it had been the organisation’s “Most successful year to date which had been achieved by sheer dedication and hard work from all concerned.”

He added: “We now have three sports competitors, an athlete and two swimmers, that are in contention for a place in the final Great Britain team and we wait with baited breath to see if the have been successful with their selections.

“Regardless of whether they are successful or not, they have typified the spirit and resolve and dedication that runs through the Disability Sport Fife organisation right now.”

Final selection decisions for the three competitors are expected in late June, or early July.

Scottish Disability Sport education and coaching manager, Heather Lowden, was quick to praise the tireless work of all those involved.

In a stimulating address she outlined the priorities of the parent body going forward and paid tribute to the significant role DSF has played as the most successful branch of the national governing body of Disability Sport in Scotland.