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Countdown to Special Olympics Games begins

It’s 50 days until the Special Olympics European Summer Games take place in Antwerp in Belgium when two of our region’s athletes will join 47 others as team GB.

Emma Birley, from Castlemilk in Lockerbie and Samuel Pattinson from Gretna will both compete in swimming events.

Our hopefuls will take part among more than 2,000 other athletes with learning disabilities.

The week-long games, that start on Saturday 13 September, will see athletes from 58 European countries take part in ten events:

  • Athletics
  • Artistic Gymnastics
  • Football
  • Bocce
  • Badminton
  • Unified Basketball
  • Cycling
  • Judo
  • Table Tennis
  • Swimming

Special Olympics GB is the largest registered charity providing year round sports training and competition opportunities for people with intellectual disabilities.

For more information go to www.specialolympicsgb.org.uk.

Commonwealth win 'brought out Braveheart spirit' in Borders swimmer

Danny Wallace
Commonwealth champion Danny Wallace Credit: PA

Commonwealth champion Danny Wallace said winning in front of a home crowd 'really brought out the Braveheart spirit'.

The Borders swimmer yelled 'for freedom' after winning the 400M individual medley final.

He said: "Being here in front of a home crowd really brought out the Braveheart spirt and true Scot in me."

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Gold for Borders swimmer Danny Wallace

Borders swimmer Danny Wallace has brought home the first Commonwealth gold medal for the region.

Danny Wallace won by 8/10 of a second in the final of the 400m individual medley in Glasgow this evening.

He was two seconds behind the leader at the end of the butterfly leg, but pulled through to become Commonwealth champion.

Danny Wallace
Commonwealth champion Danny Wallace Credit: PA

Netball: England beat Wales

Helen Housby made her international debut in women's netball at the Commonwealth Games today.

England beat UK rivals Wales 65 - 25 in their first match.

The 19-year-old, from Cumbria, came on towards the end of the match as a substitute.

“I’m delighted with the start. The first game always sets the tone for the tournament and I was really pleased. We had a good start and demonstrated patience in attack and I feel like everyone had a great impact.

“The atmosphere is amazing, we have a barmy army that has come to support us which is amazing, the girls really thrive off that.

"Glasgow have been so welcoming, and we’re just to build day by day and I genuinely believe this will be the best England side there has ever been.”

– Anna Mayes, England Netball Coach

Commonwealth Games: Day two

Our regions hopefuls compete for their countries in day two of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

  • Daniel Wallace from Duns in the 1st heat of the men's 400m individual medley
  • Badminton player Lauren Smith from Longtown will play New Jersey in the women's doubles
  • Helen Housby from Cumbria is competing for Engalnd in the netball against Wales
  • Stuart Airey and the England bowls team play Austrailia

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Dumfries GP swaps medicine for marathons

The marathon is the first of the athletics events to take place at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, with two of the runners representing Scotland from Dumfries and Galloway.

One of them in particular has had an interesting journey up to the Commonwealth Games - with Joasia swapping her day job as a GP to compete in the marathon this Sunday.

Hannah McNulty spoke to them in Kilmarnock yesterday to see how they were getting on.

If you want to see Joasia and Ross take on the marathons, watch the games on Sunday morning.

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