40th Anniversary Special Olympics Success for Forth Valley

FVDS at the Special Olympics 40th Games in StirlingForth Valley Disability Sport Team has excelled themselves in the 40th Anniversary Scotland Special Olympics which was hosted at the University of Stirling from Thursday 8th August and Sunday 12th August 2018. Forth Valley Special Olympics Teams medal haul has reached 16 medals overall.

The Forth Valley team of 10 Athletes and 7 coaches / carers competed against athletes from all over Great Britain, Europe and Asia. The team was made up of individuals from Falkirk, Stirling and Clackmannanshire athletes represented Forth Valley in the Special Olympics which is a competition for people with learning disabilities and is organised by Special Olympics Scotland.

The athletes will be representing Forth Valley for Athletics, Bowls, Golf, Multi Activity Training Programme (MATP) and Swimming.FVDS at the Special Olympics 40th Games in Stirling

The games began with an exciting opening ceremony which set the scene for the three day competition with performances from Red Hot Chilli Pipers and many other well know celebrates. Cheers from family and friends welcomed the athletes in their parade as they entered Forthbank Stadium in Stirling alongside with Special Olympic Legend from the past 40 years as Davie Lawrie who is the founder of Forth Valley Disability Sport.

The Forth Valley Team has been training hard for the competition which took place in 3 venues throughout Stirling. The commitment of the athletes has been evident in the results which you can see listed below. Well done to all of our Special Olympics athlete’s many of which medalled and recorded personal best.

FVDS at the Special Olympics 40th Games in StirlingMitchell Graham, Team Manager said, "It has been a fantastic competition and for many of the athletes, they have been training at the competition venue as part of their preparation. Everyone will be going home with memories they will never forget." He also went on to thank the many local business that have supported the team including RJM sports who supplied the Forth Valley teams Uhlsport kit, Coaches for transporting the team to and from Stirling and the volunteer coaches, escorts and careers who have made it possible for the team to be here."

Forth Valley Disability Sport would also like to thank everyone who helped the Special Olympics team to be so successful a few companies, clubs and organisation are listed below: The Bill McLaren Foundation, Bannockburn Miners Welfare Social Club, Forth Valley Flyers Athletics club, Enable Arion Swimming Club, Falkirk Indoor Bowling Club, Denny Bowling Club, Pollokhaws Bowling Club and Polmont Bowling Club.FVDS at the Special Olympics 40th Games in Stirling

If anyone reading this article would like more information about sports participation opportunities for people with physical, sensory and learning disabilities please email Forth Valley Disability Sport, telephone 01786 466486 or contact us on social media via Facebook and Twitter.

The extensive individual and team medal haul is as follows:


Name Area Medals
Sharon Sloan Stirling 1 Gold, 5th
James McDonald Stirling 1 Silver, 1 Bronze
Ellen Wotherspoon Falkirk 1 Bronze, 4th, 6th
Athletics Total
Individual: 1 Gold, 1 Silver, 2 Bronze

Indoor Bowls

Name Area Medals/Placings
Craig Stirling Falkirk 2 Silver
Frank Maguire Falkirk 1 Gold, 1 Silver
Robert McWilliams Falkirk 2 Silver
Ryan Flynn Falkirk 1 Gold, 1 Silver
Indoor Bowls Total
Pairs: 2 Silver
Individual:2 Gold, 2 Silver


Name Area Medals
Andrew Stuart Stirling 1 Silver
Lewis Scullion Stirling 1 Silver
Golf Total
Individual: 2 Silver


Name Area Medals/Places
James McDonald Stirling 1 Gold, 1 Bronze
Sharon Sloan Stirling 6th, 6th
Swimming Total
Individual: 1 Gold, 1 Bronze


Name Area Medals
Hope Wotherspoon Falkirk 2 Gold
MATP Total
Individual: 2 Gold

The total of the medal success overall was: 16 Medals

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