Welcome to SportsAid Scotland
SportsAid Scotland changed its name from Scottish Sports Aid at the start of 2014. It is a charity that provides financial assistance in the form of grant awards to talented sporting youngsters in the 12 to 22 year age range and to disability athletes of any age who are already competing at national level in their age group and have the potential to represent Scotland at senior level. The finance given is to help the athletes with their travel and training costs, and will hopefully assist them in becoming Scotland's future sporting stars.
If you are an athlete and wish to know more about how to apply for a SportsAid Scotland grant, then please refer to our nomination process.
Should you wish to make a donation, please either contact us directly to discuss or visit donations on the left-hand side of page.
Louise And Jaimie Take The Silverware
Huge congratulations to golfer Louise Duncan and fencer Jaimie Cook who won the top prizes at the 2021 SportsAid Scotland awards at Swanston Golf Club in Edinburgh.
Louise, the first Scot to win the British Amateur title since 1997, won the SSAT Junior Sportsperson of the Year and Jaimie, top ranked cadet in Europe, won the Miquel Trophy for most improved young athlete in 2021.
Jaimie was presented with his trophy by Susan Beattie, daughter of Raymond Miquel, co-founder of the charity.
Congratulations to our other award winners on the night - Iona Moir (cycling), Rachel Sugden (badminton) and Melanie Woods (wheelchair athletics).
We have great pleasure in announcing Persimmon Homes have awarded us a grant of £5,000 through their Building Futures campaign which will help us support young athletes in the year ahead.
We missed out on one of the top prizes but £5,000 makes a difference to how many athletes we can help.
Neil Parry, managing director at Persimmon Homes East Scotland, said: “The Building Futures scheme has been a great success and it is wonderful to celebrate the fantastic work of so many organisations supporting young people in our communities.
“We have been overwhelmed by both the response to the competition, and the hard work and dedication of those involved within all the groups.”
Academy Partnership Launched
SportsAid Scotland is partnering with Scottish Disability Sport to re-launch the SDS Athlete Academy, a multi-sport support structure for talented para-athletes.
The academy aims to supplement the continued development of the most promising and talented para-athletes at a pivotal stage in their athlete journey.
Many of the athletes are targeting the Paralympics and Commonwealth Games and SportsAid Scotland have been assisted in their support through The Robertson Trust.
Athletes are selected based on strict criteria relating to performance levels, attitude to training and commitment to their sport.
Each athlete must be eligible to compete for Scotland and the selection criteria is aligned with that of SportsAid Scotland.
The 2021-2022 intake includes 27 athletes across 12 sports.
Gary Fraser, SDS Performance Manager, commented: “It is an exciting time to be involved in performance disability sport, and the standard of athlete that has been selected for the SDS Athlete Academy indicates a promising future for Scottish para-athletes competing on the international stage.
"Athletes at this stage of the performance pathway require more support, whether it be financial or educational, and we are delighted to be able to offer the programme again with the support of SportsAid Scotland and our other key partners.”
Roddy Mackenzie, SportsAid Scotland Chief Executive, said: “We are more than happy to support such an invaluable project. Athletes have found it increasingly difficult training in isolation during the pandemic and we feel this is a way of bringing them together and giving them a collective identity.”
Gemma Lumsdaine, GBWR Pathway Athlete, said: “Being part of the SDS Athlete Academy is such a privilege, I am really excited to be part of a group of athletes who are all striving towards their goals.
"I think the fact that there is such a wide range of experience and sports within the academy will really help us to learn from each other and also support each other as we progress.
"The academy will provide us with expertise and education which is extremely valuable to me and will enable me to be the best athlete I can be.“
Congratulations to our five 2021 Merit Award winners:
Jaimie Cook (Fencing), Louise Duncan (Golf), Iona Moir (Cycling), Rachel Sugden (Badminton) and Mel Woods (Wheelchair Athletics).
Our two trophy winners will be selected from those five at a special presentation in Edinburgh in December.
We Need Your Vote!
We are delighted to announce that we are one of the finalists in the Persimmon Homes Building Futures scheme. This would make a huge difference to our charity if successful and help us support significantly more young athletes and para-athletes in the year ahead.
Persimmon Homes East Scotland is backing SportsAid Scotland to be a prize winner at a special event later this year, where cash awards of £100,000, £50,000 or £20,000 will be made to those with the most online votes.
“We’re so proud to be chosen as a regional finalist and it’s given everyone a massive boost. The last 18 months or so have been extremely challenging for charities across the UK, including ourselves, so we’d really appreciate if people would get behind us and start voting,” said SportsAid Scotland chief executive Roddy Mackenzie.
“If we could win any of the top three cash awards then it would make a massive difference to the young athletes and para-athletes we support. We have backed the likes of Sir Chris Hoy in the past and we find athletes can hugely benefit from our annual awards.
“Voting could not be simpler. Just visit www.persimmonhomes.com/building-futures/ and select SportsAid Scotland, it would mean the world to us if we could have your support.”
Building Futures is delivered through the Persimmon Charitable Foundation in partnership with Team GB, the British Olympic Association.
Through Building Futures, a total of 128 grants of £1,000 have been awarded to groups supporting sport, education & arts and health across Persimmon’s 31 regional businesses and its head office.
As well as the £100,000 first prize, there will be a £50,000 second prize and a £20,000 third prize in each category, while a further 87 shortlisted projects will each receive £5,000.
Online voting opened on Monday 11 October and runs until midnight on November 19.
We’re in the running for a top cash prize of £100,000 thanks to the @PersimmonHomes #BuildingFutures scheme in partnership with @TeamGB.
Please vote for us to win https://bit.ly/3oGLC2Q
2021 Golf Auction
After the cancellation of our charity golf day at Ratho Park, we are once again hosting an online auction in a bid to raise funds to support Scotland's next generation of sports stars.
The auction is open now and please consider making a bid for one (or more!) of the following items:
1 Four golf vouchers for the world famous Royal Dornoch Championship Course. Can be used as a fourball, twoball or for individual rounds. Total value: £750.00
2 Fourball for Trump Turnberry King Robert the Bruce Championship Course. Total value: £600.00
3 Eight vouchers to play the Duke's Golf Coursse, St Andrews. Can be used (or bid for) as a fourball or twoball or individual rounds. Total value: £600.00
4 Fourball at Ratho Park, Edinburgh. Total value: £200.00
5 2 x Ben Sayers LX Laser Rangefinders. Value: £100.00 each.
AUCTION BIDS MUST BE SUBMITTED BY EMAIL TO: email@example.com by 2pm on Friday, September, 24, 2021. Successful bids will be notified by 5pm that day.
SportsAid Scotland alumni won no fewer than 18 medals at the Paralympics in Tokyo, an outstanding achievement.
Gold medals were won by Neil Fachie and Owen Miller and there were silver medals for Aileen McGlynn, Lewis Stewart, Sammi Kinghorn, Jenny Holl, Gordon Reid, Stephen Clegg and Libby Clegg.
Bronze medals were awarded to Maria Lyle (x2), Stephen Clegg (x2), Toni Shaw, Jenny Holl, Scott Quin, Sammi Kinghorn and Gordon Reid. Huge congratulations to all.
Onwards and Upwards
Congratulations to young hillrunners Fraser Gilmour and Isla Hedley who are the 2021 recipients of the Seven Hills of Edinburgh awards.
Organisers of the iconic race have generously supported young athletes through SportsAid Scotland in recent years. After last year's virtual race, the Seven Hills returned in June for another hugely successful race.
Fraser, who competes for VP-Glasgow AC, has an excellent pedigree over road, cross country and track and won the boys' Under-18 race at the Home Countries Mountain Cup this summer.
Isla, of Fife AC, also competes in triathlon and mountain biking won the girls' Under-18 race at the Home Countries Mountain Cup.
SportsAid Scotland's Medal Haul
SportsAid Scotland alumni won a fantastic eleven medals at the Olympic Games in Tokyo as Team GB enjoyed spectacular success.
Leading the way was swimmer Duncan Scott with his gold and three silvers in the pool and cyclist Katie Archibald took gold and silver in the velodrome.
Jack Carlin was also a double medallist in cycling, taking a silver and bronze and there were silver medals for rowers Harry Leask and Angus Groome.
Josh Kerr, our Sportsperson of the Year in 2015, took a memorable bronze in the 1,500m on the athletics track.
SportsAid Scotland's Tokyo Team
A total of 43 athletes who were supported in their formative years by SportsAid Scotland will be part of Team GB for the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games. Twenty-two athletes across nine sports will be involved in the Olympics and a further 19 from eight sports will go in the Paralympics. Many thanks to The Robertson Trust and The Stevenson Trust for enabling this.
It shows the value of supporting young athletes with the likes of multi-medallists Sir Chris Hoy and Dame Katherine Grainger gaining a foothold in their sport through SportsAid funding before going on to Olympic glory.
SportsAid Scotland alumni at Tokyo:
Athletics: Andy Butchart, Zoey Clark, Callum Hawkins, Josh Kerr, Eilish McColgan, Steph Twell, Jake Wightman.
Badminton: Kirsty Gilmour.
Canoe Slalom: Bradley Forbes-Cryans.
Cycling: Katie Archibald, Jack Carlin, Anna Shackley.
Diving: Grace Reid, James Heatly.
Rowing: Karen Bennet, Harry Leask, Angus Groom.
Sailing: Luke Patience, Charlotte Dobson.
Shooting: Seonaid McIntosh.
Swimming: Ross Murdoch, Duncan Scott, Lucy Hope.
Archery: Nathan Macqueen.
Athletics: Maria Lyle, Libby Clegg, Sammi Kinghorn, Owen Miller, Derek Rae, Mel Woods.
Basketball: Robyn Love.
Boccia: Scott McCowan, Jamie McCowan.
Cycling: Neil Fachie, Aileen McGlynn, Jenny Holl, Lewis Stewart.
Shooting: Lesley Stewart.
Swimming: Toni Shaw, Stephen Clegg, Scott Quin, Andrew Mullen.
Tennis: Gordon Reid.
Golf Day Cancelled
It is with regret that we have had to cancel our annual fundraising golf day at Ratho Park in Edinburgh due to the ongoing restrictions.
We had looked at the possibility of staging the event in August or September but there were no guarantees that we could provide full facilities on the day and have decided to plan towards bringing the event back in May 2022.
We will, however, host an online sports auction, details to follow.
Delighted to announce that we have received a £1,000 award from the Arnold Clark Community Fund in their latest round of funding. This is hugely appreciated and will help us considerably in uncertain times.
2021 Sports Bursaries
We are delighted to announce that our SportsAid Scotland 2021 awards have all been finalised through our grants committee.
Through the support of The Robertson Trust, Stevenson Trust and the Rotary Club of Perth Kinnoull and other supporters we are able to support 270 talented athletes across 32 sports in the year ahead. We hugely appreciate their continuing backing.
Best of luck to all of our recipients as they seek to get back to normal competition in the weeks and months ahead.
Professor Raymond Miquel
It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Professor Raymond Miquel, one of the founders of our charity, at the age of 89.
Professor Miquel played a huge part in setting up the charity in 1980 and has continued to be a great supporter of our work. He was a regular guest at our annual awards night to present the Miquel Trophy, awarded to Scotland's most improved young athlete and was a big supporter of our annual golf fund-raiser.
"Raymond always took a great interest in the development of Scotland's best young sporting talent and his contribution to SportsAid Scotland will be greatly missed," said Roddy Mackenzie, chief executive.
2021 Bursary Applications
Application forms for 2021 awards have now been submitted by the National Governing Bodies and it is anticipated that awards will be made to individual athletes in early Spring.
With the SportsAid Scotland Charity Golf Classic cancelled this year due to the ongoing pandemic, we are looking to raise some funds through an online golf auction.
Please consider making a bid for one of the items below:
1 FOUR golf vouchers to play the splendid Royal Dornoch Championship Course, rated one of the best courses in the United Kingdom. Can be used as a fourball or twoball or individual rounds. Valid until 31.05.21 but course have kindly agreed to extend until September, 2021. Total value: £750.00.
2 Overnight stay for TWO at the luxurious Fairmont Hotel in St Andrews inclusive of full Scottish breakfast and access to spa and leisure facilities. Valid until 29.05.21. Total value: £250.00.
3 TWELVE bottles of Bell’s Scotch Whisky. Total value: £200.00.
4 Shot Scope V2 Golf Tracker – GPS watch with course mapping. Total value: £125.00.
5 FOUR Glenmuir Golf Polo shirts to kit out your team. Total value: £120.00.
AUCTION BIDS MUST BE SUBMITTED BY EMAIL TO: firstname.lastname@example.org by 2pm on Friday, September 25,2020. Successful bids will be notified by 5pm that day.
Building On Solid Foundations
SportsAid Scotland is delighted to have strengthened its partnership with Persimmon Homes.
For the second successive year, the UK housebuilder has awarded the charity a cheque for £1,000 as an East Scotland regional winners, which will be used to help young athletes achieve their sporting goals.
The Persimmon Homes Building Futures Initiative, launched in partnership with Team GB last year, is aimed at supporting grass-roots sports as well as community arts and education projects.
"It is fantastic that Persimmon Homes have come on board again especially in these difficult times when charities are under the cosh," said SportsAid Scotland chief executive Roddy Mackenzie.
Golf Day Cancelled
It is with regret that the SportsAid Scotland Charity Golf Classic - scheduled for September 25 at Ratho Park in Edinburgh - has had to be cancelled due to the ongoing pandemic. However, we will be hosting an online auction on that day to raise funds for the charity.
The golf day, which is proving increasingly popular, will return in May.
Support The 2.6 Challenge and Fund Scotland's Sporting Future
The 2.6 Challenge goes live this Sunday (26 April) - on what should have been the date of the 40th edition of the London Marathon - and SportsAid Scotland is joining the action.
The organisers of the biggest mass-participation sports events across the country have come together to create the new national campaign for us all to get involved
with in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
SportsAid Scotland is inviting its partners, supporters, alumni, ambassadors, currently supported athletes and their families and friends to take part in the 2.6 Challenge.
Most people will be showing their support on Sunday 26 April but you can do your activity whenever is most convenient for you in that week.
The charity is encouraging its supporters to take part for SportsAid, creating an activity of their choice based around the numbers ‘2’ and ‘6’, and variations on the theme such as 2.6 or 26 and so on.
Here are 6 ideas 2 get people thinking:
Complete a different exercise activity each day for 26 minutes, for six days, e.g. Day 1: walking; Day 2: running….and so on….skipping, stepping (on a block or stairs), etc. perhaps ending with gentle yoga. Or walk, run, cycle or row (indoors) two miles each day for six days.
2x circuits of a six-station workout, for adults or as a family:
Adults: 10x press-ups; 10x squats; 10x sit-ups; 10x star jumps; 10x squat thrusts; 10x bunny-hops.
Children: 5x star jumps; 5x bunny hops; 5x hops on each leg; 5x shadow punches with each arm; 5x high knees on the spot; 5x big deep breaths.
Keener adults could make the six-station circuit into a 26 minute HIIT workout.
As a family you could throw a ball to each other 26 times…without dropping it!
The 2.6 Challenge is open to all age groups. It is important that everyone should choose a safe area to exercise and undertake their great ideas in. You should tailor your challenge to your current fitness levels (don’t do too much!) and follow Government guidelines on exercise and social distancing.
Raise money for our charity by heading to our JustGiving page below.
SportsAid Scotland Reaches Out
We are delighted to announce that we are supporting a total of 267 young athletes across 30 sports in 2020. We are hugely indebted once again to our main sponsors The Robertson Trust who are funding a total of 249.
We are also grateful to The Stevenson Trust, Andy Gray and the Rotary Club of Perth Kinnoull for their continued support.
Double Tonic from Rotary
The Rotary Club of Perth Kinnoull doubled up their sponsorship with SportsAid Scotland this year to back two of Scotland's brightest young sports stars. Cyclist Aaron King and tennis player Alexander English received their award cheques at a recent club meeting and enjoyed the hospitatlity on offer.
"The Rotary Club of Perth and Kinnoull have been loyal supporters for a number of years and we hugely appreciate their generosity," said SportsAid Scotland Chief Executive Roddy Mackenzie, "We have a great partnership and it is wonderful to see them expanding their sponsorship for 2020 and supporting two athletes."
Ronnie Steps Down after 35 Years!
Ronnie Sloan has stepped down as chairman of SportsAid Scotland after an outstanding 35 years as a trustee. Ronnie, who was awarded an MBE for his services to sport and charity in 2018, has served as chairman for the past 10 years.
He has become Mr SportsAid Scotland and his tireless fundraising efforts have transformed the charity and ensuring it is in robust shape to face future challenges.
"Ronnie has been the face of the charity for many years and he has helped me enormously since I came on board four years ago," stated chief executive Roddy Mackenzie, "People do not appreciate just how much he contributed and he raised many thousands of pounds through his own personal contacts. He will be sorely missed."
Sandy Sutherland, a trustee, has taken over as chair and is intent on taking the charity forward.
Water Splash - Swimmer Archie and Sailor Ewan Scoop Top Awards
Swimmer Archie Goodburn and sailor Ewan Wilson triumphed at the SSAT Awards night held at the Investec offices in Edinburgh.
Archie, a world junior bronze medallist and double European junior medallist, was named SSAT Scottish Junior Sportsperson of the Year for 2019. Ewan, European junior champion in his event, won the Miquel Trophy for most improved young athlete in 2019.
Congratulations to all of the award winners on the night, including Vicky Glover (boxing), Bobby Laing (para-badminton), Grace Molloy (orienteering) and Erin Wallace (athletics).
Double Delight for Scots
Huge congratulations to Scots Charlie Aldridge (Cycling) and Katie Shanahan (Swimming) who have made the 10-strong short-list for SportsAid's "One to Watch" award. Chosen from over 1,000 athletes throughout the UK.
We are delighted to announce our 2019 SSAT Merit Award Winners after lengthy deliberations.
Such was the stiff competition, it has been decided to break with tradition and make six awards instead of five. The award winners are:
Erin Wallace (athletics), Bobby Laing (badminton), Vicky Glover (boxing), Grace Molloy (orienteering), Ewan Wilson (sailing) and Archie Goodburn (swimming).
Awards will be made at a ceremony in Edinburgh on December 3 where our SSAT Trophy and Miquel Trophy winners will be announced.
Congratulations to all.
Seven Hills Awards 2019
Orienteer Rachel Brown and hill-runner Sunny McGrath both had reasons to celebrate at the end of the 40th Seven Hills of Edinburgh Race.
Rachel and Sunny were named winners of the SportsAid Scotland Seven Hills Award, now in its second year, and scooped £250 each.
Rachel received her award after the race from former athlete Sandy Sutherland, a Trustee of the charity, but Sunny was unable to attend as he was competing elsewhere.
Ronnie Sloan, chairman of SportsAid Scotland, completed the event for the 26th time, a remarkable achievement.
The charity would like the thank race organiser Alan Lawson for his generous and enlightened support.
Home Instead Triumph At Ratho Park
First-time entrants Home Instead scooped the top prize at the annual SportsAid Scotland Charity Classic at Ratho Park.
Their team of Brian Johnstone, Crawford Swanson, Graeme Booth and David Booth just pipped previous winners Scottish Golf in the stableford competition and have vowed to return next year to defend their title.
Scottish Cycling took third prize ahead of Team Zeus in a battle that could not have been closer. In all, 15 teams took part and raised around £5,000 for the charity.
"We are indebted to the number of people who provided raffle prizes and auction prizes and Ratho Park once again proved fabulous hosts," said SportsAid Scotland chief executive Roddy Mackenzie.
The charity would like to thank Royal Dornoch, Spey Valley, Cardrona Golf, Mortonhall, Ratho Park and Milnathort for providing fourballs as prizes and also Decathlon, Bunkered, Shotscope, Scottish Golf, Bunkered, Brookes MacDonald, Raymond Miquel, Bluefin, The Scottish Open, Hibernian FC, Valvona & Crolla, Cafe Andaluz, Swanston Golf Club and Ed Hodge for generous donations.
The Persimmon Homes Building Futures Initiative, launched in partnership with Team GB, is aimed at grassroots sport as well as community arts and education projects.
SportsAid Scotland has been awarded £1,000 and, as a regional winner, goes forward for consideration to win a national award of £100,000, voted on by the public, later in the year. The overall winners will be named at a gala dinner of finalists in October.
"Fundraising in the current financial climate is challenging and we are delighted to receive support from Persimmon," outlined SportsAid Scotland chief executive Roddy Mackenzie.
"The athletes we help often write to us to stress how they wouldn't be able to follow their sporting dreams without the funding we provide.
"What keeps us motivated is the level that the young people reach in their sport - more than 70% of Scottish competitors that took part in the Rio Olympics in 2016 received support from SportsAid Scotland."
Iain Innes, managing director of Persimmon Homes East Scotland, stated: We are delighted that the first organisation to win supports young Scottish sporting talent through grants that helpf them compete at a national level for their age-groups."
Persimmon Homes is an official partner of Team GB as it prepares for Tokyo 2020 and beyond.
Five SportsAid Scotland alumni are included in the Unsung Sporting Heroes campaign launched by legal firm Watermans Solicitors.
Swimmers Craig Benson, Scott McLay and Duncan Scott are included along with tennis player Maia Lumsden and squash ace Kevin Moran are named alongside other Scottish athletes and coaches in a call to find the campaign's next Sports Ambassador.
The campaign seeks nominees, one of who will become a Watermans Sports Ambassador and receive sponsorship and support from the firm.
An all-star judging panel, including triple-Olympian and Commonwealth Games swimming star Hannah Miley and Terry McCormack, renowned boxing coach and founder of Lochend Boxing Club, will meet with a long-list of selected nominees to create a final shortlist, who will compete to win the sporting public’s support in a final part of the campaign.
Watermans have a long-standing commitment to helping develop the next generation of Scottish sporting talent through its Sports Ambassador Programme.
Previous Ambassadors have included Hannah Miley, rally driver John MacCrone and reigning Scottish Women’s Premier League champions Glasgow City FC.
Further details can be accessed here: https://watermans.co.uk/
Robertson Trust Bursaries
SportsAid Scotland is delighted to announce that the 2019 Robertson Trust bursaries have now been made and a total of 214 athletes across 29 sports have been successful. A huge thank-you once again to The Robertson Trust for their continued suport and best of luck to all recipients for the sporting challenges in the months ahead.
Ben's Net Gain
Wheelchair basketball player Ben Leitch is celebrating after he was awarded the Rotary Club of Perth Kinnoull/SportsAid Scotland 2019 bursary. Ben received a cheque for £500 which will considerably help him work towards his goals in the year ahead. SportsAid Scotland is hugely grateful for the rotary club for their continued support of this award.
SportsAid Scotland Charity Golf Day
Entries are now open for our popular annual charity golf day which will be held at Ratho Park, on the outskirts of Edinburgh, on Friday, May 10.
The prestigious Peebles Cup is up for grabs and teams of four are invited to apply. Entry forms are available by emailing: email@example.com.
Smith And Darling Scoop Top Awards
World junior taekwondo champion Jordyn Smith was named SportsAid Scotland's young Sportsperson of the Year for 2018 after a fantastic year. The Falkirk athlete, now based full-time in Manchester, not only struck world junior gold but also won a bronze medal at her first senior European Championships in Russia and medalled at the Belgrade and French Open events.
Golfer Hannah Darling, who won the inaugural R&A Girls' Under-16 Open and saw her world ranking rise from 2,088 to 140 in 2018, won the Miquel Trophy for the most improved young athlete over the past 12 months.
The awards were made at a ceremony at the Investec offices in Edinburgh which also saw shooter David McMath, diver Lucas Thomson and windsurfer Islay Watson receive award cheques.
Unfortunately, Jordyn could not attend the event as she was travelling to China with the GB team but the trophy was accepted on her behalf by younger sister Teigan.
Ronnie Receives Award
SportsAid Scotland chairman Ronnie Sloan has been presented with his MBE for outstanding services to sport and charity at a ceremony at Edinburgh City Chambers.
Ronnie, who was recognised for his tireless charity fundraising and voluntary contribution to SportsAid Scotland in the Queen's Birthday Honours List earlier this year, received his award from Edinburgh's Right Honourable Lord Lieutenant and Lord Provost Frank Ross.
SSAT Merit Award Winners 2018
Big congratulations to our five merit award winners for 2018 - Hannah Darling (Golf), David McMath (Shooting), Jordyn Smith (Taekwondo), Lucas Thomson (Diving) and Islay Watson (Windsurfing).
Once again it was a hugely difficult operation sifting through the many talented nominations from different sports as young Scots again excelled on the sporting stage throughout the year.
The award winners include three world junior gold medallists, a Commonwealth Games champion and a player who has risen almost 2,000 places on the world rankings.
Our SSAT Trophy and Miquel Trophy winners will be selected from the five winners and named at a reception in Edinburgh in early December.
Twin Peaks for Lynn and Peter
Hill-runner Lynn McKenna and orienteer Peter Molloy have shared the inaugural Seven Hills of Edinburgh Award for 2018.
Lynn and Peter were chosen from a short-list of five athletes and will share the £500 award, to be used towards training and competition expenses.
SportsAid Scotland have secured a four-year deal with the organisers of the iconic race, which has been held in the capital since 1980. SportsAid Scotland chairman Ronnie Sloan first ran in the event in 1983.
"We are hugely grateful to Alan Lawson, organiser of the Seven Hills of Edinburgh Race, who came up with the idea of an annual award to assist a young runner to achieve their potential," said Roddy Mackenzie, chief executive of SportsAid Scotland, "I'd like to congratulate Lynn and Peter on sharing the initial award."
Royal Approval for Ronnie
SportsAid Scotland chairman Ronnie Sloan has been awarded an MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List for services to sport and charity in Scotland. Ronnie has raised significant amounts for charity over the years, completing 35 marathons around the world in his tartan Superman cape and finishing 25 Seven Hills of Edinburgh races.
He has guided the charity tirelessly in recent years and ensured it has thrived as it continues to support Scotland's talented young athletes and para-athletes.
Rusty Nails Prove Sharpest
The Rusty Nails claimed the silverware at the 2018 SportsAid Scotland Charity Golf Classic at Ratho Park in the tightest of finishes.
The Edinburgh team finished with a total of 115 stableford points to edge out The Grapes of Ratho by just one point and ahead of third placed Bain & Irvine (113pts). Bain & Irvine took third on a better inward half from A Team, who also had 113 points. Holders Scottish Golf were just a point further adrift.
It proved another hugely successful day, raising over £5,000 for the charity.
Our thanks to all of our supporters who provided auction and raffle prizes, including The Open, Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open, Shot Scope, Fairmont St Andrews and Gleneagles Hotel.
Haul Of Fame
Congratulations to Team Scotland at Gold Coast 2018, bringing home a record 44 medals. A total of 29 medals were won by current or former SportsAid Scotland athletes, a magnificent achievement.
That includes Marc Austin, who won the first medal in triathlon, through to our final medallist Robbie Simpson in the marathon. Callum Hawkins, who was leading the marathon, was also one of ours and thankfully, he is making a good recovery.
Our gold medallists were Duncan Scott (who won a total of six medals), Grace Reid, Katie Archibald, Mark Stewart and David McMath and shooter Seonaid McIntosh was a double bronze medallist.
Also, some of the Scotland basketball team, who narrowly missed out on the bronze, will have received funding in the past through our team awards.
SportsAid Scotland medallists: Grace Reid (gold), Duncan Scott (gold, silver, bronze (4)), Katie Archibald (gold), Mark Stewart (gold), David McMath (gold), Ross Murdoch (silver), Mark Szaranek (silver), Eilidh Doyle (silver), Maria Lyle (silver), Jack Carlin (silver), James Heatly (bronze), Stephen Milne (bronze), Jack Thorpe (bronze), Dan Wallace (bronze), Mark Dry (bronze), Robbie Simpson (bronze), Jake Wightman (bronze), Kirsty Gilmour (bronze), Callum Skinner (bronze), Kelvin Cham (bronze), David Weir (bronze), Seonaid McIntosh (bronze (2)), Marc Austin (bronze).
Going for Gold Coast
Team Scotland gears up for the Commonwealth Games, fuelled by SportsAid Scotland.
Almost two-thirds of the Scotland team are current or former bursary award winners, a total of 84 of the 134 individual athletes.
A high percentage of the athletes who will compete in the team events in basketball, beach volleyball, hockey and netball will also have benefitted in the past through team bursaries.
Of the Scottish athletes in Australia, 18 are current award recipients, all but one of those having received funding through The Robertson Trust.
Para Swimmer Beth Johnston, from Galashiels, was supported through the David Stevenson Trust.
2018 SportsAid Scotland Bursary Award winners at the Commonwealth Games: Victoria Glover (Boxing); Isla Short (Cycling); Gemma McArthur (Diving); Lucas Thomson (Diving); Kelvin Cham (Gymnastics); Robert Barr (Para Bowls); Garry Brown (Para Bowls); Irene Edgar (Para Bowls); Sarah Ewing (Para Bowls); Michael Nicoll (Para Bowls); Michael Simpson (Para Bowls); David Thomas (Para Bowls); Beth Johson (Para Swimming) Toni Shaw (Para Swimming); Aedan Evans (Shooting); David McMath (Shooting); Alison Thomson (Squash); Ross Connolly (Wrestling).
GOLF DAY 2018
There are still a few places left for our annual SportsAid Scotland Charity Golf Classic at Ratho Park, Edinburgh, on Friday, May 11.
At just £350 for a team of four (including breakfast, lunch, raffle and auction), it is outstanding value. Plenty of prizes and chance to bid for hospitality at The Open in Carnoustie amongst other things. Further details and entry form from firstname.lastname@example.org.
SportsAid Scotland is pleased to announce that bursary cheques for 2018 have now been distributed.
A total of 232 athletes across 33 sports from archery to wrestling have received awards, including a number who are part of Scotland's Commonwealth Games team heading for Australia.
"We are pleased to be able to support so many young athletes across the sports and give them a sporting chance to reach their potential," said chief executive Roddy Mackenzie.
"We are once again indebted to The Robertson Trust - and also to the David Stevenson Trust - who have backed us all the way and enabled some of our most talented athletes to develop to the next level.
"It is all about opening doors for young athletes and, while we can offer some financial support, it is up to them to put in the work and go on to achieve in their chosen sport.
"We know from the feedback that we get from athletes how much the bursaries are appreciated."
Korea Highlight For SportsAid Athletes
Almost a third of the Scotland contingent in the Great Britain team for the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang have been funded through SportsAid Scotland.
Six of the 19 Scots in the team have received bursaries through the charity with full backing from The Robertson Trust.
Cross-country skiers Andrew Musgrave, Andrew Young and Callum Smith have all received funding along with Charlie Guest and Alex Tilley in the women's slalom, both competing at their first Winter Olympics. Murray Buchan, who will compete in the men's halfpipe, is also a SportsAid Scotland alumni.
Guest, 24, from Balbeggie in Perthshire, has always appreciated the support which she has described as "vital for my progression towards becoming a professional athlete."
Roddy Mackenzie, chief executive of SportsAid Scotland, stated: "It's fantastic to see so many of our alumni realising their potential and getting to an Olympic Games.
"We have watched their progress closely as they have developed into world-class athletes and we are grateful to The Robertson Trust for their support and for backing the dreams of so many young athletes across a lot of sports."
Aedan and Toni Scoop 2017 Awards
Shooter Aedan Evans won the SportsAid Scotland Junior Sportsperson of the Year, the first person from his sport to win the award.
Evans, recently named in Scotland's Gold Coast team for the Commonwealth Games, had an outstanding year and equalled the world senior record in the air pistol at the English Open.
Paraswimmer Toni Shaw, 14, won the Miquel Trophy after a memorable year which saw her placed in the top ten in the world in six events in her category. Professor Raymond Miquel, SSAT founder, presented her with the trophy at a ceremony in Edinburgh.
Charlie Aldridge (Mountainbike) and Erin Wallace (Athletics) also received cheques at the event after outstanding seasons and Scotland national coach and British Davis Cup player Colin Fleming accepted Aidan McHugh's (Tennis) award on his behalf. Aidan could not attend as he was competing in Florida.
Many thanks to Investec for hosting the event.
2017 Merit Awards
Huge congratulations to our five Merit Award winners for 2017 after another tough decision process. Competition for this year's awards was exceptionally strong but, after much debate, we can reveal our five winners are:
Charlie Aldridge (Mountainbike)
Aedan Evans (Shooting)
Aidan McHugh (Tennis)
Toni Shaw (Paraswimming)
Erin Wallace (Athletics)
Our Junior Sportsperson of the Year and Miquel Trophy winner will be announced at our awards' ceremony in Edinburgh on December 5. Watch this space!
Scott's Medal Haul
Perth swimmer Scott McLay bagged a remarkable five medals - including three golds - at the Commonwealth Youth Games in the Bahamas.
It makes him Scotland's most successful Youth Commonwealth Games athlete in history.
His medal tally during the four days of intense competition was:
Gold - Boys 50m Butterfly
Gold - Boys 100m Freestyle
Gold - Boys 50m Freestyle
Silver - Boys 100m Backstroke
Bronze - Mixed 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay
McLay is backed by Perth Kinnoull Rotary Club, who presented him with a sponsorship cheque for £500 in partnership with SportsAid Scotland in March.
Rotary Rallies Round to back Shiona
Lanark swimmer Shiona McClafferty has been given a funding lift ahead of the Deaflympics in Turkey after the Rotary Club of Lanark awarded her a £1,000 cheque in partnership with SportsAid Scotland.
Shiona heads to her first major international competition as part of the Great Britain team after winning six medals, including three gold, at the British Championships in Loughborough in April.
The 17 year-old holds a number of British age-group bests in the breaststroke and is tipped for great things in her sport.
The Rotary Club of Lanark raised funds through a sports dinner and auction last October and chose SportsAid Scotland as their main beneficiary.
Ronnie Races to 175th Summit
SportsAid Scotland chairman Ronnie Sloan has completed a remarkable 25th Seven Hills of Edinburgh Race, joining a select band of athletes.
The punishing course which covers Castle Hill, Corstorphine Hill, Craiglockhart Hill, Braid Hills, Blackford Hill, Arthur's Seat and Calton Hill, provides a real test of stamina and, on one of Scotland's hottest days of the year, was even tougher.
Injury prevented Ronnie reaching the landmark in 2016 but there was no holding him back in 2017. Chief executive Roddy Mackenzie also completed the course (now 23 short of Ronnie's total) but there is no photographic evidence!
SportsAid Scotland athletes Bahamas Bound
More than a quarter of the Scots named for the 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games in Nassau, Bahamas, on July 18-23 have been supported through SportsAid Scotland.
Eleven athletes across five of the seven sports where Scotland will be represented have received bursaries through our funding programmes.
Athletes Calum Henderson, Alessandro Schenini, Erin Wallace and Adam Scott are included along with swimmers Tom Beeley, Anna Fleming and Scott McLay, boxers Megan Gordon and Tyler Jolly, cyclist Stephen Dent and tennis player Alexandra Hunter.
Scottish Golf To The Fore
Scottish Golf came out top at the SportsAid Scotland Charity Golf Classic at Ratho Park, edging Scottish Swimming into second place in the stableford competition. The team of Callum Grant, Liam Allan, Andrew Travers and Adam Phillips finished with 122 points to take the coveted Peebles Cup.
Sports Warehouse finished third with Team ABI, the defending champions, fourth.
It proved a hugely successful day with the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open trophy on display, thanks to Robert Gordon from the European Tour, who was part of the Sports Warehouse Team.
Thanks to Ratho Park for staging and to all who supported the event and provided prizes including the Scottish Open, Gleneagles, Badminton Scotland, Shot Scope, Sports Warehouse, Bain & Irvine, Raymond Miquel, Ed Hodge and Cardrona Hotel Golf.
All Going Swimmingly For Scott
Perth swimmer Scott McLay has been given a funding boost by the Rotary Club of Perth Kinnoull as he seeks to make waves in 2017.
McLay was awarded a £500 cheque towards training and competition costs by the rotary, in partnership with SportsAid Scotland.
Scott has his sights set on the European and World Junior Championships this year as well as hoping to make the Scotland team for the Commonwealth Youth Games.
Robertson Trust Fuels Performance
Over 200 athletes across 29 sports will benefit from The Robertson Trust bursaries, awarded through SportsAid Scotland, in 2017, many dreaming to be on Olympic podiums in future. At a time when there is a squeeze on funding across many sports, the support from The Robertson Trust is seen as invaluable to the future wellbeing of Scottish sport. At last year’s Rio Olympics and Paralympics, many of the Scottish athletes who competed were set on the pathway by support from The Robertson Trust and SportsAid Scotland. Bursaries in 2017 – awarded to 202 athletes – range from £300 to £1,000 and are provided for training, coaching and competition expenses. “Once again we are indebted to our major funding partner, The Robertson Trust,” said Roddy Mackenzie, SportsAid Scotland chief executive, “Their funding not only fuels the dreams of tomorrow’s sports stars but enables athletes to be all they can be. The feedback we get from our young athletes is that these bursaries offer hope and opportunity and many say that, without them, their competitive programme would have to be scaled back. It is fantastic that so many athletes across so many sports will benefit this year and we look forward to them reaching new personal bests in their chosen sports in 2017.”
Robertson Trust Awards 2017: Archery: Robyn Geddes, Harrison Ooi, Joe Seez, Matthew Wong, Brad Stewart; Athletics: Howard Bell, Adam Boyle, Emma Canning, Zoey Clark, Scott Connal, Ewan Dyer, Euan Gillham, Jack Lawrie, Holly McArthur, Joel McFarlane, Emily Nicholson, Andrew Peck, Emma Rae, Alisha Rees, Adam Scott, Annabel Simpson, Laura Stark, Lewis Clow, Sean Frame; Badminton: Chris Grimley, Matthew Grimley, Lauren Middleton, Robbie Patterson, Ciar Pringle, Ciara Torrance, Tony Woods, Alan Oliver, Colin Leslie, Fiona Christie; Biathlon: Holly Rees-Lay; Boccia: Reegan Stevenson; Boxing: Megan Gordon, Sam Hickey; Canoeing: Emma Brockway, Lydia Dowling-Clark, Duncan Edwards, Ben Gallacher, Angus Gibson, Isla Kelly, Rachael Kneen; Climbing: William Bosi, Daniel Smith; Cycling: Charlie Aldridge, Andy Brown, Thomas Chandler, Lauryn Dawber, Stephen Dent, Jamie Edmondson, Lucy Grant, Fraser Martin, Grant Martin, Cameron Mason, Anna McGorrum, Ellie Park, Iain Paton, Struan Pryde, Tim Shoreman, Isla Short, Andrew Louis, Fraser Kane, Laura Cluxton; Equestrian: Atholl Pettinger; Fencing: Jessica Corby, Kate Daykin, Chloe Dickson, Sarah-Jane Hampson, Katie Smith; Golf: Kirsty Brodie, Jack Broun, Louise Duncan, Jillian Farrell, Darren Howie, Lewis Irvine, Sam Locke, Hazel MacGarvie, Jasmine Mackintosh, Eric McIntosh, Shannon McWilliam, John Patterson, Jennifer Rankine, Molly Richmond, Jamie Stewart, Marc Watt, Connor Wilson; Gymnastics: Shannon Archer, Kelvin Cham, Pavel Karnejenko, Cara Kennedy, Izzy Tolometti, David Weir; Ice-Skating: Ruaridh Fisher, Lewis Gibson, Danielle Harrison, Natasha McKay; Judo: Cailin Calder, Yasmin Gordon, Del Imrie, Aiden Moffat, Josie Steele, Malin Wilson; Orienteering: Freddie Carcas, Jake Chapman, Grace Molloy, Finlay Todd; Rowing: Chris Broad, Dale Flockhart, Fergus Mainland, Alexander Milne, Graham Ord, Robert Powell; Sailing: Jamie Calder, Rebecca Coles, Niamh Harper, Isaac Lines, Gillies Munro, Jude Nicol, Lewis Smith, Anna Sturrock; Shooting: Aedan Evans, Katie Knowles, David McMath; Snowsport: Harris Booth, Finn Bremner, Cara Brown, Duncan Gibb, Charlotte Guest, Iain Innes, Chris McCormick, Matt McCormick, Brodie Murray, Fergus Newman, Oliver Newman, Cal Sandieson, Ella Still, Ciaran Tucker, Owen Vinter, Zak Vinter; Squash: Georgia Adderley, Katriona Allen, Claire Gadsby, Richard Hollins, Fraser McCann, Chris Murphy, Patrick O'Sullivan, Alasdair Prott, Martin Ross, Rory Stewart, Orla Young; Swimming: Ryan Brown, George Clough, Anna Fleming, Archie Goodburn, Mhairi Goodwin, Kara Hanlton, Emily Jones, Gulsum Onal, Karen Reid, Katie Robertson, Lucas Thomson, Rosie Bancroft, Oliver Carter, Toni Shaw; Table Tennis: Dylan Curry, Martin Johnson, Faye Leggett, Rebecca Plaistow; Taekwondo: Hassan Haider, Neve Hogg, Chloe McIntosh, Erin Shaw, Jordyn Smith, Natasha Wilson; Tennis: Ali Collins, Jacob Fearnley, Ruairi Logan, Ewen Lumsden, Aidan McHugh, Charlie Miller, Erin Russell, Conor Thomson; Triathlon: Guy Evans-Haggerty, Kate Gallagher, Sophia Green, Josh Hendry; Waterskiing: Marisa Alongi, Samuel Hunter, Georgina Hutchison; Weightlifting: Charley Craig, Alex Richardson, Daniel Richardson; Wheelchair basketball: Morwenna Hastings, David Ion; Wrestling: Ellis Barton, Ross Connelly, Brandon English, Abbie Fountain, Amy Keyes.
Healthy Living Strategy
Scottish Conservative Health Education spokesman and former GB athlete Brian Whittle has outlined his party's Healthy Living Strategy, underlining the
big part sport plays in the health of the nation.
The consultation paper namechecks SportsAid Scotland and urges much greater central investment in sport.
"There are those of course who cannot access the higher echelons of sport purely for financial reasons," it outlines.
"Organisations like SportsAid Scotland are set up to give out grants for such young sports men and women to ensure that they do not miss out because of their circumstance.
"According to SportsAid Scotland, they are funded purely by donations whereas SportsAid England is government supported and has the capability of many more interventions of this nature.
"The Scottish Government must ensure that all elite Scottish sport is properly funded with the support network surrounding performance embedded."
The paper goes on to state: "It is the responsibility of government to create an environment where opportunity exists for everyone, irrespective of background or personal circumstance.
"Furthermore, it must ensure that all are aware of these opportunities and have the knowledge, confidence, capability and aspiration to make these choices."
Ronnie's Grand Effort
Our remarkable chairman Ronnie Sloan has completed the 100-Mile Challenge by running the Water of Leith half-marathon and raising over £1,400 for the charity. An amazing achievement!
Time is running out to complete the challenge before the end of the year but those who have logged 100 miles in 2016 include Simon Woodward, who cycled 100 miles, Sophie and Rebecca Ogilvie, who managed it in their canoes, Sheila Williamson and Mike Cadman, who scaled the heights, 87 year-old Cameron Mackenzie, who walked the distance and raised over £1,000, and Marino Mega, who completed over 100 miles playing football!
Silver Service For Cameron and Georgia
Athlete Cameron Tindle and squash player Georgia Adderley captured the silverware at the SportsAid Scotland 2016 Merit Awards night in Edinburgh.
Cameron, who reached the World Junior Championship 200m final earlier this year, won the Young Athlete of the Year and Georgia, ranked number two in Europe at Under-17 level, won the Miquel Trophy for best developing talent.
SportsAid Scotland founder Professor Raymond Miquel CBE was in attendance to present Georgia with her trophy.
Three other athletes also received awards on the night - Stephen Clegg (swimming), who competed in the Paralympics in Rio, Sophie Ogilvie (canoe slalom), who reached the finals of both the European and World Junior Championships, and Alex Rankin (rowing), who narrowly missed out on a medal at the World Junior Championships.
GB canoe girls complete 100-Mile Challenge
Twin sisters Sophie and Rebecca Ogilvie have completed the 100-Mile Challenge to boost SportsAid Scotland funds - by canoe.
It was fitting that they put in their final miles in a weekend of paddling in Scotland, on the River Devon at Alva and River Tay at Grandtully, after months of action-packed travel. Over the
months of their challenge they have clocked up miles across Europe and the UK.
Rebecca was out volunteering for her club coaching youngsters in St Pierre & Bourg St Maurice, France and Sophie was in Krakow and Solkan in Slovenia putting the miles in while competing for GB in the Junior World and European Championships.
They both paddled in Bratislava on the River Danube in October. In the UK they have travelled as far as Bala in North Wales, Nottingham, London and closer to home on the canal at Bonnybridge and Pinkston in Glasgow, paddling towards their goal of 100 miles.
There's still time to complete the challenge by December 31, 2016. Follow the link for details: https://www.justgiving.com/campaigns/charity/scottishsportsaid/challenge100
Firhill For Thrills
The Robertson Trust, SportsAid Scotland's principal sponsor, hosted the bi-annual Sports Lunch at Firhill Stadium in Glasgow which was attended by some of Scotland's most talented young athletes, who received bursary awards in 2016.
Rio 2016 Olympians Jen McIntosh (shooting) and Derek Hawkins (athletics) gave candid and inspiring talks about what it takes to be an Olympic athlete and passed on advice for those aspiring to follow in their footsteps.
Both gave fascinating insights into sport at the highest level and what it takes to compete alongside the best in the world.
The Robertson Trust has donated over £1 million to SportsAid Scotland since 1997, with 159 young sportsmen and women across 31 sports benefitting from the bursaries, including 12 awards to disability sport athletes, in 2016.
"We greatly appreciate the invaluable support from The Robertson Trust which enables us to support the most talented athletes in Scotland. It is a valued partnership that has thrived in recent years and long may it continue," said Roddy Mackenzie, chief executive of SportsAid Scotland.
"For the vast majority of the young athletes, the bursary they receive is the first recognition of their talent outwith their family and immediate support team and gives them the opportunity to reach their potential."
Scots Make Rio Grand
SportsAid Scotland athletes were well represented in Team GB at the Rio Paralympics.
Eighty per cent of the Scots involved in Brazil were supported by the charity in recent years - with the help of our current sponsors The Robertson Trust, The Moffat Trust, The David Stevenson Trust and SSE and previous supporters Asda and Bank of Scotland.
The number included Dunbar athlete Maria Lyle, our Junior Sportsperson of the Year in 2014, who is pictured below receiving her award from SportsAid Scotland chairman Ronnie Sloan.
Over 70 per cent of the Scots involved in the highly successful Team GB at the Olympics in Rio received support through SportsAid Scotland in the past and it shows the investment is paying off in spectacular fashion.
Scottish athletes supported through SportsAid Scotland at 2016 Paralympics in Rio: Archery: Nathan Macqueen; Athletics: Derek Rae, Maria Lyle, Samantha Kinghorn; Boccia: Jamie McCowan, Scott McCowan, Joshua Rowe, Kieran Steer, Patrick Wilson; Cycling: Hannah Dines, Neil Fachie, Craig MacLean; Football Sevens: Jonathan Paterson, David Porcher; Swimming: Stephen Clegg, Andrew Mullen, Scott Quin; Triathlon: Alison Patrick; Wheelchair Basketball: Robyn Love; Wheelchair Rugby: Mike Kerr; Wheelchair Tennis: Gordon Reid.
[Thanks to Scottish Disability Sport for supplying pics of Scott Quin and Nathan Macqueen.]
Boots 'n' Blisters
Hats (and boots!) off to Mike Cadman and Sheila Williamson who, after scaling the heights of Mount Toubkal in Morocco, walked the final 50 miles of the West Highland Way as part
of the 100-Mile Challenge.
SportsAid Scotland chief executive Roddy Mackenzie joined them on the final leg and ensured they arrived safely at Fort William.
There's plenty of time to get involved with the challenge - completing 100 miles by December 31 either by walking, running, cycling, skiing, or whatever way you fancy, and raise £100 for SportsAid Scotland. Scroll down for details.
It's the Rio Thing
Thirty-four of the 47 Scots taking part in the Games - 72.34 per cent - have received financial support and recognition through the charity and its funding partners.
Included in the list are marathon brothers Callum and Derek Hawkins - Callum was supported through main sponsors The Robertson Trust in 2015 and Derek by the Robertson Trust in 2011 and 2012.
In 2016, the charity awarded almost £200,000 to 250 athletes from 36 different sports thanks to generous backing from The Robertson Trust, The Moffat Trust, The David Stevenson Trust and SSE.
Among those supported in the past is Britain's greatest Olympian Sir Chris Hoy, who was given a grant of £100 to buy a BMX bike when he was a 12 year-old in Edinburgh.
"I am very grateful to SportsAid Scotland - the Scottish Sports Aid Trust - for giving me some initial funding towards my BMX racing when I was a 12 year old in Edinburgh. It may only have been £100 but it was a rubber stamp of approval and great to have their support," he acknowledged.
"Recognition as an athlete of promise is very important and gives young athletes the inspiration to pursue their sporting dreams and fulfil their potential. As a 12 year old bike rider, I had no idea what the future held for me but receiving a SportsAid grant at an early age was a real boost."
Scottish athletes supported through SportsAid Scotland at 2016 Olympic Games in Rio: Athletics: Chris Bennett, Andy Butchart, Eilidh Doyle, Mark Dry, Callum Hawkins, Derek Hawkins, Eilish McColgan, Chris O'Hare, Beth Potter, Lynsey Sharp, Stephanie Twell; Badminton: Kirsty Gilmour; Canoe Slalom: David Florence, Fiona Pennie; Cycling: Katie Archibald, Grant Ferguson, Callum Skinner; Diving: Grace Reid; Fencing: Richard Kruse; Golf: Catriona Matthew; Judo: Sally Conway; Rowing: Karen Bennett, Kath Grainger, Angus Groom, Heather Stanning; Sailing: Charlotte Dobson, Luke Patience; Shooting: Jennifer McIntosh; Swimming: Craig Benson, Camilla Hattersley, Stephen Milne, Ross Murdoch, Duncan Scott, Dan Wallace.
100-Mile Challenge Scales New Heights
The only way is up for the 100-Mile Challenge. Mike Cadman and Sheila Williamson from Macclesfield have set the bar higher by climbing 4,165 metres to the top of Mount Toubkal in
Morocco as part of their challenge.
The pair, who have raised over £350, have reached 28 miles - most of them uphill - and the next part of their challenge takes them to the West Highland Way.
Can anyone top that? Take up the challenge and complete 100 miles by December 31 to support SportsAid Scotland.
Team Ashleybank Triumph
Andrew Stevenson's Team Ashleybank won the Peebles Cup at the SportsAid Scotland Charity Golf Classic at a sunny Ratho Park by just two points from John Barry's Team ERM with a total stableford score of 120. Graham and Sibbald and Scottish Swimming, including Olympic silver medallist Michael Jamieson, both finished with 115 points but Graham and Sibbald took third place on a better inward half.
Jamieson showed he can turn his hand to golf by winning the longest drive competition and former British Stroke Play champion Clare Queen, in the Scottish Golf team, won the ladies' longest drive.
Challenge Is On
SportsAid Scotland's 100-Mile Challenge is gathering momentum. York's Simon Woodward got on his bike and rode 81
miles in rural Perthshire and has just 19 miles to go and Freuchie's Cameron Mackenzie reached 100 miles of walking - at the age of 86 - by completing seven miles in East Lothian. He has
also undertaken a mile of swimming and has raised a total of more than £800.00.
Denny sisters Sophie and Rebecca Ogilvie, British international canoeists, will take to the water to complete 100 miles and SportsAid Scotland chairman Ronnie Sloan has committted to the gruelling Seven Hills of Edinburgh Challenge in June as part of his challenge.
Sign up now for your own personal challenge (full details further down the page) and let us know what you are up to. Plenty of time left as challenge does not have to be completed until December 31, 2016.
Marathon Men Boosted by SportsAid Scotland
Brothers Derek and Callum Hawkins, both selected for the Olympic marathon in Rio, were given a helping hand by SportsAid
Both have received bursaries through the Robertson Trust to help their training a preparation - Derek in 2011 and 2012 and Callum in 2015.
Scots were the first three Britons home in the London Marathon - Shettleston's Tsegai Tewelde split the brothers to finish second British athlete - as 23 year-old Callum finished eighth in a new personal best of 2:10.52 to guarantee his seat on the flight to Rio and Derek, 26, finishing 14th overall and a personal best inside the qualifying time.
"The last couple of miles I was really hurting and just tried to hold on," Callum said, "I think I got a slight negative split. I didn't even run with a watch, I was just running.
"My brother had his own plan. We train together, live in the same house. I'm chuffed for him - to be in the top three, take a minute off his PB and. get selection as well.
“Everyone went off very quickly but I felt good so I kept at that pace. I’m delighted. Rio was my main goal in this race – I didn’t care about the time so I’m delighted with my position and I ran a PB.”
The GB Olympic team is fast filling up with Scots, the marathon men named after eight Scots were confirmed in the swimming team for Rio. Craig Benson, Stephen Milne, Duncan Scott, Dan Wallace and Camilla Hattersley have all been supported by SportsAid Scotland in the past.
Hattersley received her award through the Rotary Club of Perth Kinnoull, invaluable supporters of SportsAid Scotland, in 2012.
SportsAid Scotland 100-Mile Challenge 2016
We are looking for 100 participants of all ages to each raise £100.00 (or more!) in 2016 through going the extra mile for SportsAid Scotland. If we achieve our target, we will raise £10,000!
You will receive a technical t-shirt with your unique number (1-100) and, in Olympic year, the satisfaction of knowing you are helping future Olympians.
It is not as daunting as it sounds. It is up to you how tough or unique the challenge is, as long as 100 miles is covered.
You can run, walk, cycle, swim, row,canoe, ski, sail, golf, wheelchair - or a combination - and you have until December 31 to log the miles. It can be as little as two or three miles a week, whatever suits.
It can be done in races or in leisure time, over mountains, on roads, in the swimming pool or in open water - it is your challenge!
Register through JustGiving link https://campaign.justgiving.com/charity/scottishsportsaid/challenge100
and then email us (email@example.com) for your unique t-shirt. Then, just log your miles through I-phone, garmin, fitness app or pen and paper (!).
Keep us updated on your progress on Twitter and Facebook and let us know when you reach your target.
We are proud to report the progress of one of our supporters who is going the extra mile. See link below.
Isla Receives Funding Boost
Slalom canoeist Isla Kelly received a cheque for £500 from the Rotary Club of Perth Kinnoull to help her achieve her aim of competing in the World Junior Championships in Poland and the European Junior Championships in Slovenia later this year.
Isla, a member of the GB junior team, received her cheque from Ian Baird, the president of the rotary club.
The club made the presentation through SportsAid Scotland and we are grateful for their continued support of local athletes.
Josh and Jordyn Take the Honours
Athlete Josh Kerr and taekwondo expert Jordyn Smith scooped the main prizes at the Merit Awards 2015 reception in Edinburgh.
Josh, the European Under-20 1500m champion, was named Junior Sportsperson of the Year with Jordyn, European cadet Under-33kg champion and world bronze medallist, winning the Miquel Trophy for best developing talent.
Tennis player Anna Brogan, junior Wimbledon doubles' semi-finalist, judoka Stuart McWatt, European Open senior bronze medallist, and wheelchair racer Shelby Watson, world ranked number one in her age-group, also received awards.
SSAT Award Winners 2015
The short-list for the 2015 Merit Award winners has been drawn up with the presentation of the Scottish Junior Sportsperson Of The Year and Miquel Trophy taking place at a reception in Edinburgh on December 1.
The winners will be chosen from a short-list of:
Josh Kerr (Athletics)
Shelby Watson (Athletics)
Stuart McWatt (Judo)
Jordyn Smith (Taekwondo)
Anna Brogan (Tennis)
Congratulations to all and thanks to all the National Governing Bodies for their nominations in what was a stiff selection process
SportsAid Scotland has supported 139 of the 310 athletes representing Scotland at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games
SportsAid Scotland is delighted to announce that it has provided 233 awards totalling in excess of £200,000 to 139 of the 310 members of Team Scotland who represented Scotland at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games. The 139 athletes who have been supported by SportsAid Scotland represent well over half of the 233 athletes who competed at the Games in individual sports, which is where SportsAid Scotland's support is targeted.
SportsAid Scotland is proud to have played such an important role in helping so many members of Team Scotland, and in the success of the Scottish team at the Commonwealth Games.
SportsAid’s patron, Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge is helping to shine a light on the achievements and potential of young athletes throughout the UK – inspiring a generation who one day hope to represent the nation at the Olympic or Paralympic Games. SportsAid alumnus Sir Chris Hoy welcomed the patronage by saying, “SportsAid played an important role when I was starting out so I know what a huge boost this will be to the young sportsmen and women the charity helps today. As patron Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge will give them the profile they deserve.”
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