D&G athletes to compete in Special Olympics

Two swimmers and a coach from Dumfries & Galloway are part of the GB team heading to the European Special Olympics in Belgium. Sam Pattinson, Emma Birley and coach Andrea Manson will be representing the GB team in swimming.

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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.

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.


Downing Street meets D&G Olympic competitors

The countdown to a major sporting event is nearly over.

This weekend sees the start of the Special Olympics European Games, an event for people with learning disabilities. Among the athletes taking part are a few from the Border region, representing Dumfries & Galloway.

Team GB departed for Antwerp in Belgium yesterday after being treated to a reception at Downing Street. Our reporter Lauren Hall went along too.

D&G athletes prepare for Downing Street and Belgium

Two swimmers from Dumfries and Galloway are hoping to impress at the Special Olympics.

They've been chosen to represent Team GB at the European Summer Games in September.

Lori Carnochan has been to a training session to find out more.

Athletes to make a splash at Special Olympics

Two athletes from Dumfries and Galloway are preparing for the Special Olympics European Summer games.

Sam Pattinson and Emma Birley are taking part in a number of swimming events in the host city of Antwerp in Belgium. They were both selected back in 2013.

Andrea Manson is their Disability Swimming Coach in Annandale and Eskdale:


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