Special Olympians Honoured

Special Olympians Honoured

Two local Olympic heroes have been honoured with a civic reception by Stirling Council Provost Christine Simpson.

Andrew Stuart (19) of Dunblane secured gold in the Level 5 golf individual stroke play at the Special Olympics World Games, which was held in the United Arab Emirates in March.

Cyclist Leanne Peters (34), who hails from Strathblane, collected silver in the 10k time trial and came 5th in the 5K time trial and 6th in the 5k road race.

Both athletes were joined by their families as they met the Provost and Councillors last month at Old Viewforth, sharing their stories of the global sporting spectacle and showing off their medals.

More than 7,000 athletes from 170 countries took part in the Games in Abu Dhabi, along with 2,500 coaches. It was the first time the Special Olympics had been staged in the Middle East/North Africa region.

Provost Simpson said: "It was an absolute privilege to welcome two inspirational athletes in Andrew and Leanne, along with their families, to Old Viewforth.

"To have claimed medals on the global stage and beat off such stiff competition is a remarkable achievement."

Andrew is currently studying for a National Certificate in Professional Golf at SRUC's Elmwood campus in Fife, and hones his swing at both Dunblane and Bridge of Allan Golf Clubs, while Leanne trains in Glasgow.

The Provost continued: "From hearing their stories of the Games, it was an unforgettable experience and one they will always cherish.

"As a Council, we are hugely proud of Andrew and Leanne, and hopefully their success inspires others from across Stirling with a learning disability to follow in their footsteps and get involved in sport and physical activity."

For more information visit www.specialolympicsgb.org.uk or www.fvds.org.uk/.

Note to editors

  1. For further information contact Mark Henderson, Senior Media Officer Stirling Council on 01786 233015 or hendersonm@stirling.gov.uk
  2. 1. Special Olympics Great Britain (GB) provides year-round sports coaching and athletic competition in summer and winter sports for children and adults with Intellectual disabilities. There are an estimated 1.5 million people with an Intellectual disability in Great Britain and that number is predicted to rise.
  3. 3. Special Olympics GB currently has 150 accredited programmes in England, Scotland and Wales and provide coaching and competition opportunities in 28 sports. These programmes are run by over 4,000 volunteers, who support thousands of athletes with intellectual disabilities to take part in our sport programme.
  4. Pic caps: Left ? Right: Cyclist Leanne Peters (34), Stirling Council Provost, Christine Simpson, Andrew Stuart (19)
  5. Stirling Council serves 94,330 residents and a thriving business community in an area stretching from the scenic Campsie Fells to Stirling's vibrant city centre and the imposing Trossachs Mountains. Located within Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, the area features breath-taking scenery and some of Scotland's top visitor attractions including the Castle and Wallace Monument which are testimony to Stirling fascinating past. Our vision is to deliver more agile and responsive services and work with our employees, partners and communities for the benefit of all. The Council is committed to building on Stirling's strong reputation as a business and investment location by positioning the area as an economic and cultural powerhouse.

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