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World Games Gold

Our club members Gavin Drysdale, Kayleigh Haggo and Hannah Dines have returned from representing Scotland at the 2013 IWAS World Games which were held in Stadskanaal, Holland

The 3 athletes returned with an incredible haul of 13 medals and 6 World Records. Gavin won four Gold medals and set four new World Records in 100m, 200m, 400m and 800m. Kayleigh took Gold in 200m, 400m and 800m, with a new World Record time in the 800m, a silver in the 100m and a bronze in the club throw event. Hannah brought home Gold and a World Record in the 100m, Silver in 200m and 400m, and a Bronze in the 800m.

You can see a BBC Sport Scotland report on the athletes and their performances here http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/scotland/24277004.

There are wonderful photos from the World Games posted in the Photo Galleries.

Gavin, Kayleigh and Hannah – we are incredibly proud of you.

The IWAS (International Wheelchair & Amputee Sports Federation) World Games are a senior event held every two years and is second only to the Paralympics. At the Games there were 29 countries from as far afield as Japan, Russia, Brazil and Iraq with 400 participants across athletics, swimming and archery.

This is a second time inclusion for RaceRunning with 16 RaceRunners competing from 4 countries. It again highlighted that even severely physically disabled athletes can train and compete at an elite level.

A huge thank you goes out to the national partnerships which supported the team, namely RaceRunning Scotland, Scottish Disability Sport (SDS) and Scottish Athletics as well as individual athlete sponsors.

The athletes were accompanied to the Games by Janice Eaglesham, RaceRunning Scotland National Coach, and Nicola Tennant, RaceRunning Scotland Team Physio, in addition to Peter – Team Manager and Gavin’s dad, and Sandra – Kayleigh’s mum. 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.