Friday, 24 August 2012
South Ayrshire Paralympic athletes preparing for London 2012
Two former Marr College pupils, Scott (21) and Jamie McCowan (17), who have represented their country on many occasions at Boccia, are heading off to London for the Paralympics. The athletes have been training at the Citadel in Ayr.
Both young men started playing Boccia when they were pupils at South Ayrshire Council’s Dundonald Primary School. Boccia is a target ball sport belonging to the same family as petanque and bowls. Athletes throw, kick or use a ramp to propel a ball onto the court with the aim of getting closest to a ‘jack’ ball. It is designed specifically for athletes with a disability affecting motor skills.
Scott is a member of the GB Boccia Paralympic squad. Jamie just missed out on making the Paralympic first team but is one of the first reserves. Jamie also had the honour of being an Olympic Torch Bearer (pictured above) when the torch toured Scotland.
Councillor Bill Grant, Economic Development, Tourism and Leisure Portfolio Holder for the Council said: “It was great to meet Scott and Jamie after their training session at the Citadel.
“Anyone who has ever played bowls or petanque will understand what highly skilled sports they are, so for both Scott and Jamie to have reached international level is an outstanding achievement.
“I will certainly be looking out for the Boccia team when I am watching the Paralympics. I would like to wish Scott, Jamie and all of the GB Paralympic Team well.”
[Pictured at the Citadel in Ayr are (back row left to right) Councillor Allan Dorans, Councillor Kirsty Darwent, Colin Duthie, South Ayrshire Council, (front row left to right) Scott McCowan, Councillor Bill Grant and Jamie McCowan.]
Jamie was pivotal in setting up the inclusion squads in South Ayrshire's schools to make sure all children in schools are included in all aspects of the curriculum especially physical education. Jamie championed ensuring that all children got the opportunity to experience a wide range of sports.
Speaking about the Paralympics Scott McCowan said: “I have been training hard and am really looking forward to experiencing the Paralympic Games and demonstrating to the world how good team the GB Paralympic team is!”
Jamie McCowan said: “Carrying the Olympic Torch shows to me how far I have come in my sport, I never dreamed I would one day be British Boccia champion.”
South Ayrshire Council is a Founder Member of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.