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Blog 60: Goodbye, Tokyo!

Tokyo 2020 is finished. Let's recap the victories, controversies and notable moments from this unorthodox Olympics. From day one, Tokyo 2020 promised to be unlike any other previous Games with its empty stadiums, infamous cardboard beds and controversial costs. But as the days went along, more and more topics of conversation emerged, proving once again that the Olympic Games are more than a sporting event.   Scottish success Team GB placed fourth in the Olympic medal count this year, with 65 shiny, brand-new medals to add to the collection. Scottish athletes took home 16 medals, which is an outstanding contribution we…

Blog 54: ‘Swimming has been a lifeline for me’

Taking swimming lessons is beneficial for children, even if they don't turn out to be record-breaking athletes later on. Many of the best swimmers start out at the kids' pool at a very young age. They are the lucky few that found what they wanted to do with their lives when it has barely started. Cerys McCrindle's story started in a very similar way. She was only 3 months old when her toes were first dipped in the water as her parents took her swimming. Her mom, Karen smiled at her daughter's innocent giggles as she started moving her limbs in unison.…

Blog 50: Active and inspired by sport – Deaf Awareness Week #DAW2021

It's Deaf Awareness Week 2021 (3-9 May), and the SW/S Blog is joining the efforts to raise awareness and promote equality. Did you know that in the UK, 1 in 6 adults face deafness or hearing loss? Yet despite being the second most common disability, the invisible nature of deafness makes it easy for the community to be overlooked or forgotten. Deaf sports, however, have a longstanding history. The first Deaflympics was organised in 1924 (36 years before the first official Paralympic Games) and is considered the second-oldest multi-sport event in history. 'The Deaflympic Games have been around for a long time and the history…

Blog 33: Danii Joyce S.W.I.S. Sportswoman of the Year 2015

I know it’s an old cliché, but life really is a rollercoaster.   I am so happy be involved in so much in the sport I love but at times I really was close to giving up. Although I am almost profoundly deaf now, I was not born that way.  At the age of 5 it was identified I had a moderate hearing loss which fortunately for me stayed pretty static through primary school and the start of secondary, so much so that I chose not to use a hearing aid as I was coping so well. I did though…