Our Stories - Inverness Games

Until 2009, the Teddy Bear Foundation’s work had concentrated almost entirely on the central belt of Scotland.

But all changed this summer with a significant investment in Highland Disability Sport.

The publicly-backed organisation won £4000 of Teddy Bear backing to stage an impressive series of sporting events for children from some of the most remote parts of the Scottish Highlands.

A total of 120 children gathered in Inverness from as far afield as Thurso, Portree on Skye and Fort William for the Junior Athletics Championships.

Ballachulish family the Michies left home at 8am to take part – and didn’t get home until 6pm.

They were there to see 15-year-old daughter Mary-Anne, a pupil at Lochaber High in Fort William, compete in a series of track and field events.

“This is a brilliant event,” said dad, Ken Michie. “It’s well worth the trek.”

The sun shone as the kids demonstrated tough physical endurance in races, jumps and throwing contests. A moving medal ceremony was held at the end to reward competitors who had excelled themselves.

In truth, everyone that took part was a winner.

Charlie Forbes, disability sport development officer for Highland Council explained:”It makes a huge difference to children when they are able to take part in these events.

“Some children with disabilities can feel very isolated in rural communities, where there are perhaps just one or two kids like them for miles around.

“It’s great for them to meet other kids from all over the Highlands.

“The events also promote a fit and healthy lifestyle and boost a child’s self-confidence.”

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Plenty of effort went into the shot-putt event.

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Hitting the heights in the long-jump.

Some of the young competitors in the Inverness games.

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