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Claire gets her just reward


By Matt Leslie


Claire McIntosh (centre) receives the Scottish Association of Local Sports Councils' Service to Sport award from national development officer Gail Prince at the Pentland Firth Yacht Club in Scrabster. Looking on is Caithness Sports Council executive member and local Enable chairman Willie Mackay.
Claire McIntosh (centre) receives the Scottish Association of Local Sports Councils' Service to Sport award from national development officer Gail Prince at the Pentland Firth Yacht Club in Scrabster. Looking on is Caithness Sports Council executive member and local Enable chairman Willie Mackay.

Claire McIntosh has been honoured for her hard work in making sport in Caithness more accessible to disabled people.

The Scottish Association of Local Sports Councils recognised her outstanding voluntary contribution with both Caithness Disability Multi Sport and Highland Disability Sport by giving her its Service to Sport award.

For a number of years, Claire has encouraged the learning disability team from Caithness to compete in various disciplines at local and regional competitions.

She has also served as the deputy head coach with Team Highland – which included nine Caithness members – that won 58 medals in the Special Olympics at Sheffield.

Claire was also involved with Team Highland for the Anniversary Games in Stirling last year where her own squad contributed 13 medals towards the team's overall haul of 35.

Willie Mackay, chairman of the local branch of Enable, the charity for people who have learning disabilities, said: "Claire puts in a lot of time, effort and enthusiasm to ensure every possible aspect of being a competitor is taken care of for all the members of the teams.

"She puts the welfare of the athletes first, ensuring that they can all give of their best while taking care of transport, catering, training and being a friend to them all."



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