Jen’s plea to help her go for gold

A talented young Kirkintilloch athlete needs funding to help her go for gold at the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles next year.

Jennifer Kitchener and PE teacher Jane Keys
Jennifer Kitchener and PE teacher Jane Keys

Jennifer Kitchener (16) is one of 10 athletes from the West of Scotland who will form part of the Great Britain squad.

The Merkland School pupil was chosen after triumphing at the Special Olympic Nastional Games in Bath last August, winning a gold medal in the 100m relay.

Jennifer’s parents Gary and Valerie have put out an appeal to help them raise the £2500 needed for travel and accommodation costs to enable their daughter to take part.

Gary said: “The funding is entirely down to parents and friends of Jennifer and it is a lot to raise.

“Being picked for the Great Britain team is a big deal for Jennifer and she is delighted and very excited.”

Jennifer runs with Red Star Athletics Club in Glasgow.

Gary added: “Jennifer trains very hard. She loves her sport.

“Merkland School has also been very supportive. It was Jennifer’s PE teacher Jane Keys who got her into running just three years ago .

“Jane is so dedicated and enthusiastic which is really appreciated.”

Jennifer is the only athlete from East Dunbartonshire in the squad and the sole girl in the GB athletics squad. The World Games take place in July 2015.

To help the family reach their fundraising goal, visit Jennifer’s LA World Games Fund at paigns/fle5b