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Paralympic Event - 18 March 2016

The 2016 Paralympic Experience Event being held at Forrester / St Augustine’s High School in Edinburgh on Friday 18 March 2016.

This event is specifically for school aged children with a physical or sensory disability and is open to pupils across the East of Scotland.  The event will provide the opportunity for young people to try a variety of sports which are being delivered by local clubs.

In addition, there will be an opportunity for parents to attend, meet the clubs and discuss the variety of sports on offer within the locality.

Closing date for applications is Wednesday 9 March 2016.

With the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro fast approaching, it is anticipated that Scotland will have a large number of athletes competing as part of the Great Britain team. Para Sport has a much higher profile than ever before thanks to the London 2012 Paralympic Games and Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. This event will build on this legacy to ensure that people are aware of the opportunities across the East of Scotland.

The Paralympic Experience Event is designed to allow young people to experience a wide range of Parasports delivered by some of the best clubs and coaches available in Scotland. They have selected activities where Scotland has strong club links so children can continue to enjoy and develop within the sports for many years to come.

An exciting feature of this year’s event is the inclusion of Wheelchair Rugby. The sport, which has been commonly referred to as ‘Murder Ball’, was one of the highlights of the London Paralympic Games in 2012. The game is fast paced, energetic, tactical and can be enjoyed by everyone.

The Paralympic Experience is about providing a range of opportunities for young people with a physical, visual or hearing impairment to try new and exciting sports and learn more about the pathways that are available in the region. Furthermore, the event will highlight the opportunities for young people with disabilities to achieve at the highest level and hopefully inspire them to become our stars of the future.

All children will receive a t-shirt and lots of information on further opportunities.


Target Groups

The Paralympic experience is aimed at children who have a physical disability or a visual or hearing impairment from both primary and secondary school age groups.

Event Staff

The event will be staffed by Active Schools Coordinators, Sport Development Officers and club coaches.


The Paralympic experience will be held at Forrester High School / St Augustine’s RC High School Campus, 212 Broomhouse Road, Edinburgh, EH12 9AE


9:30hrs to 16:00 on Friday 18 March 2016

These timings are approximate at the moment and will be confirmed closer to the date. Please note the duration of these times will not increase.


Badminton, Judo, Swimming, Tennis, Wheelchair Basketball* and Wheelchair Rugby*.

*Please note that you do not need to be a wheelchair user to participate, play and excel in wheelchair sports.

High-Performance Athlete Q&A

One or two high-performance athletes will be in attendance to share their experiences through an interactive question and answering session

Guidelines for Pupil Selection

Below is a set of guidelines for pupils who are eligible to take part in the Paralympic Experience Event

  • Achondroplasia (dwarfism)
  • Amputees (including dysmelia)
  • Arthrogryposis
  • Brittle Bones
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Legge-Perthes
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Polio
  • Spina Bifida
  • Spinal Cord injury
  • Deaf/Hearing Impairment
  • Sensory disability relates to an impairment to one (or more) of the sense. An individual may have no hearing (deaf) or a mild impairment to their hearing. Some examples include:
  • Tinnitus
  • Otosclerosis
  • Stickler Syndrome
  • Blind/Visual Impairment
  • Sensory disability relates to an impairment to one (or more) of the sense. An individual may have no sight (blind) or a mild impairment to their sight.
  • Some examples include:
  • Tunnel vision
  • Cortical visual impairment

*Please note that this list is not exhaustive, however it provides a guide.

There are a number of conditions for which this event is NOT available:

  • Learning Disability
  • Down’s Syndrome
  • ADHD
  • Aspergers Syndrome
  • Asthma
  • Autistic Spectrum
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Diabetes
  • Dyspraxia
  • Epilepsy
  • Haemophilia
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Obesity
  • Scoliosis
  • Transplants

*Please note that this list is not exhaustive, however it provides a guide


To book or for further information on the event please contact: Gary Fraser, Scottish Disability Sport Regional (East) & Performance Manager on the details below:

Gary Fraser, Scottish Disability Sport, Caledonia House, South Gyle, Edinburgh, EH12 9DQ or Tel: 0131 625 4412



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