Last Thursday 11th February saw the return of the Renfrewshire Schools Sportshall Athletics Championships for school aged children with Additional Support Needs.
The event took place at the ON-X Linwood, and it saw almost 100 students from 11 different schools across Renfrewshire get involved.
The participants from P5-S6, who have a wide range of abilities, took part in 8 different sports across the day, from Javelin to hurdles and standing long jump to relay races. With each station being augmented to allow participants of all abilities to take part.
The event is a great opportunity for pupils to participate in sport and to meet up with other young athletes with additional support needs, but not only that, the event is also used as a stepping stone to further involvement in competition. This year the top ten scoring athletes from three different categories will go forward to represent Renfrewshire at the Scottish Disability Sport National Event held in Grangemouth in March.
Active Schools and Community Club Development Officer Cameron Steel said,
"It was fantastic to see so many pupils from across the region come together at one venue to take part in a great event and to represent their schools. The level of enjoyment, competition and sportsmanship on display was outstanding. The feedback received from pupils and school staff has been incredibly positive and will allow us to improve and run an even better event next year. A special word of thanks has to go to the Sports Leaders who attended from Paisley Grammar and Park Mains High School . Without their help it would have been impossible to run an event on this scale, so their presence was invaluable and much appreciated. Now we can just look forward to taking the team to the national event and hopefully starting some of our young Renfrewshire athletes on the pathway to performance sport"