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Scottish swimmers compete in European Special Olympics

A pair of swimmers from the Border region are in action this week at the Special Olympics European games.

They've travelled from Dumfries and Galloway to Antwerp in Belgium, to take part in the sporting event for those with learning disabilities.

Lauren Hall's been finding out how they're getting on.

McDonald rules himself out from United boss move

In a statement released by Carlisle United this afternoon, the club announced Neil McDonald has ruled out a move to join the Blues.

Neil McDonald had been linked with a move to the club Credit: Adam Davy/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The West Ham assistant manager has been linked with a move to the club in the past week, in a process that United's managing director has admitted is taking longer than expected.

In a post on the club's website, John Nixon said despite McDonald's withdrawal, he was still confident about the candidates on the club's shortlist, and hoped to meet with them in the next few days.

“Obviously there has been a lot of speculation in the local press about Neil McDonald, and I think it’s only fair to say that he has formally withdrawn his name from the process and we respect that decision totally. “That has made a difference to the short list because he was a strong candidate, as far as we were concerned. He’s given it a great deal of thought over the last five to ten days and he has spoken to us about the situation today.

"He has told us that he has discussed it with his family, having thought about it long and hard, and he has decided that it isn’t the right career move for him to make at this point in time.”

“I’m still confident that our short list has some extremely strong candidates and we will now go on to meet some of them for a second time. “The aim will be to get a firm answer in the next 24 to 48 hours. I’d like to think there will be an indication, at the very least, in that period of time."

– John Nixon, Managing Director of Carlisle United


New coach appointed for Whitehaven

Whitehaven RLFC have appointed former Catalan Dragons boss Steve Deakin as their new coach.

The rugby league coach has been given a two year contract at the club.

Steve Deakin, picture in 2005 Credit: Gareth Copley/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Open water swimming champ speaks to ITV Border

Adam Walker, the UK's premier open-water swimmer and an ambassador for the Royal Life Saving Society, is a man who has achieved some incredible feats.

As the only Brit - and one of four people in the world - to swim the Ocean Sevens, Adam's open-water swimming challenges have taken him all over the world.

He's been visiting our region to teach open-water swimming, and to inspire more people to take part in the sport.

Wylie celebrates his birthday early with GT4 win

“I’m absolutely delighted to get another British title, my first in car racing, since wining the 2010 British Open Kart Championship."

"It’s now important for me in the coming weeks to keep the momentum of this GT4 title success going by securing a seat in the GT3 category for 2015.”

– Ross Wylie
Ross Wylie and co-driver Jake Giddings celebrate Credit: Donington Park


Birthday boy races to British GT4 Championship title

Scottish youngster impressively wins major British motor racing series Credit: Donington Park

Ross Wylie has won the Avon Tyres British GT4 Championship title at his first attempt – 24 hours before his 23rd birthday.

Thornhill’s Wylie and co-driver Jake Giddings, drove their Beechdean Motorsport Aston Martin Vantage home into a “safety first” fifth place in the 10th and final race at Donington Park yesterday.

D&G athletes head to Belgium for Olympics

A swimmer has travelled all the way from the Border region to Antwerp in Belgium, to take part in the Special Olympics European Games.

Emma Birley from Dumfries and Galloway is part of Team GB - which is one of more than fifty nations taking part in this major sporting event for those with learning disabilities.

It all starts this weekend, giving our athletes time for training and even a bit of sightseeing. Our reporter Lauren Hall has joined them.

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