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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.

Team D&G off to winning start at Special Olympics

Hayden Keir with his gold medal Credit: Hayden Keir

Athletes representing Dumfries and Galloway at the Special Olympics in Bath are off to a great start after picking up medals on day one.

The first team gold came from 13-year-old Hayden Keir from Annan, who won the standing long jump, closely followed by Katy Turner from Moffat who picked up gold in the 100m walk.

Joel Smith from Annan won a bronze in the standing long jump and Emma Crossley from Closeburn and Stuart Slott from Annan picked up two silvers in the 25m Freestyle.

The football team picked up a win and a draw in their first round-robin match Credit: Susan Morrison

The finals medals came from the young Boccia Team of Harriet David, Chrsitian Mason and Morgan Deer of Annan Academy who won bronze.

The football team also made a good start with a draw and a win in their team round-robin competition.


Video montage: Dumfries and Galloway ready for Special Olympics

Athletes representing Dumfries and Galloway are on their way to Bath for the 2013 Special Olympic Games.

The 33 competitors and coaches have spent months preparing for the Games, which begin tomorrow.

Thousands of people with learning disabilities are taking part, and those who do well will qualify for the World Special Olympics in Los Angeles in 2015.

Watch our video below to see competitors from Dumfries and Galloway during their final preparations, along with coach Sandra Proudfoot:


Teams prepare for Special Olympics in Bath

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Around 1,700 athletes are preparing to take part in the 2013 Special Olympics in Bath.

The Games are held every four years and begin on the 28th of August.

18 regions from across the UK represent Team GB, including teams from our region.

In Dumfries and Galloway, 22 athletes and 10 coaches have been training for months in preparation for the national summer Games.