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Junior World Games

Congratulations to our club members Gavin Drysdale and Hannah Dines who represented Scotland at the 2014 IWAS World Junior Games which were held at Stoke Mandeville.

The 2 athletes returned with 8 medals. Gavin came home with 4 Gold Medals from the 100m, 200m, 400m and 800m. Hannah brought home three Gold from the 200m, 400m and 800m, and a Silver in the 100m.

There are some photos posted in the Photo Gallery.

Gavin and Hannah – we are very proud of you.
The IWAS (International Wheelchair & Amputee Sports Federation) World Junior Games are held every year. At these Games there were 31 countries from as far afield as Thailand, USA, Russia and South Africa with 324 participants across athletics, swimming, table tennis and wheelchair fencing.

Although included at the last two biennial Senior World Games, this is a first time inclusion for RaceRunning at the Junior event. 13 RaceRunners competing from 3 countries. It again highlighted that even severely physically disabled athletes can train and compete at an elite level.

The athletes were accompanied to the Games by Janice Eaglesham, RaceRunning Scotland National Coach, and Nicola Tennant, RaceRunning Scotland Team Physio, as well as Team Manager, Peter Drysdale. A very special thank to you all.

The future is looking bright for International Race Running. With more countries expressing an interest along with more opportunities to compete at this level being made available it is hoped that this group of the disabled athletics population will ultimately have a Paralympics opportunity sometime in the future.