East Lothian trio enjoy athletics success

Lothian team members Ashleigh Lawson (Knox Academy) with Robbie Mills and James Ronan, both from Dunbar Primary.

Lothian team members Ashleigh Lawson (Knox Academy) with Robbie Mills and James Ronan, both from Dunbar Primary.

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Three East Lothian youngsters were part of the successful Lothian team which won the recent Scottish Disability Sport National Sporthall Athletics Final.

Knox Academy pupil Ashleigh Lawson joined Robbie Mills and James Ronan, both from Dunbar Primary – pictured above – in the 10-man team, which was competing against 10 teams from across the country.

The team was selected to represent Lothian Disability Sport from a regional event, hosted by West Lothian College, last month.

Indoor athletics is one of the many events run for pupils with a disability across the region, which are supported by all four local authorities.

The athletes performed outstandingly in a closely contested national final held in a decathlon style event.

Early on it was evident that Highland was the team to beat, and Lothian set out do just that, in what turned out be a two-horse race.

Lothian lay in second position until the final relays, which they won.

The victory secured Lothian’s first Scottish Disability Sport national sportshall final. The athletes will share the trophy and will try to defend it next year.

Gary Fraser, Lothian Disability Sport development co-ordinator, said: “This was a great performance from the young athletes, and it was great to see the spirit amongst them.”