Quartet’s golden day

Samantha Kinghorn, left, and Kelsey Frew
Samantha Kinghorn, left, and Kelsey Frew

Four local youngsters struck gold at the recent inaugural Disability Sportshall Athletics Festival at Jed Grammar School.

The Teries – Wilton school trio Kerr Stewart (sprint relay), Coby McCaig (javelin) and Oisin Harvey (target throw), and Burnfoot’s Kelsey Frew (obstable relay) – all received medals for coming out top in their respective skills.

They were among more than 50 pupils with a physical, learning or sensory disability from around the region who participated in the event, which was organised by Border Sport and Leisure, which featured a range of indoor sports activities including running, throwing and jumping events.

European champion wheelchair athlete Samantha Kinghorn and rising talent Gemma Scott attended the festival to encourage the children and present the medals.

Alan Oliver, Borders Sport and Leisure’s disability development officer, told the Hawick News: “The athletics sportshall challenge is a great concept for all aspiring athletes and it was magnificent to see so many children participate in various skills.

The games hall was rocking with laughter, excitement and joy throughout the morning.

“I’d like to thank all those who helped with the organisation of the event including local coaches and the young coach volunteers. A special thank you also goes to Samantha and Gemma for supporting this event.”