MMIt is set to be a busy summer of sport with the World Cup and Wimbledon to look forward to but in Scotland it’s an especially big year as Glasgow hosts the 2014 Commonwealth Games. The Commonwealth Games run between the 23rd July and the 3rd August and include five Para-sports: swimming, athletics, lawn bowls, powerlifting and for the first time, track cycling. Coming off the back of the Paralympic Games at London 2012, which were so successful for ParalympicsGB, everyone will be hoping our athletes can do just as well in Glasgow.

This is the first major sporting event
to come to Glasgow since the Special Olympics in 2005 and it’s another fantastic opportunity to showcase disabled athletes and their talents. What was excellent about London 2012 was the extensive live television coverage that brought the Games right into people’s living rooms. I hope it will be the same for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow so that people can see the achievements of the athletes and show that no matter what your disability you can compete.

Sporting events like this can do so much to change the outlook on disability as a whole. Hopefully the Games will help to do this and build on the progress that was made thanks to the Paralympic Games in London. I hope more people will take up

disability sports and that the athletes will inspire the next generation to follow in their footsteps.

I know myself how great it can be to participate in sport as I am also in a football team. I love the sport – I love playing and
I get on well with my teammates. I like to compete and to work as a team and hopefully win things! I have played football since I was at school playing for a team called West of Scotland. I set the team up 10 years ago and we get lots of guys coming along who want to compete in sport, which is great.

There are lots of benefits from playing sports. As well as being good for your health and fitness, playing sport makes you believe in yourself and shows people what you are capable of. It’s also a great way to meet new people and have lots of fun.

As well as playing football I also coach football. I love to coach people new things and hopefully the guys take it all in and can go away and work on their skills. I suppose I’m like any other coach of any other sport – you always like everyone to do well and hope that they get something out of it, and most importantly that they enjoy coming along.

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