Five times Paralympian Jim Anderson (Broxburn) and fellow swimmer Scott Quin (Loanhead) – both in contention for competing in the London 2012 Paralympics – lent their support to a new event in Edinburgh on Friday, aimed at encouraging children with a physical or sensory disability from primary and secondary schools in the East of Scotland to get involved in sport.
Organised by sportscotland’s Active Schools network in partnership Scottish Disability Sport, Lothian Disability Sport, national sports governing bodies and local clubs, the children, from Edinburgh, East Lothian and Midlothian, were given an opportunity to try six sports, all of which have associated clubs in the local area.
Scott Quin, who competed in last year’s European Championships and is in contention for London 2012 for the 100m Breaststroke: “Events like today are all about giving children the opportunity to try the sport and if they enjoy it, encouraging them to get along to a local sports club.
“I always looked at Jim Anderson as my idol. If you work hard at it, then you will get access.”