Carluke High pupils shine for Scotland

A TRIO of Carluke High pupils with physical disabilities have been shining for Scotland youth squads on the international sporting arena.

David Hird, Cameron Watson and Andrew Berry (Pic by Emma Mitchell)

Wheelchair basketball aces David Hird and Cameron Davis and table tennis star Andrew Berry have shown their tremendous potential at recent competitions.

Forth lad David (14) and Cameron (also 14, of Braidwood), helped Scotland win all three matches at a Champions League competition in Carlisle this autiumn.

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David said: “I’m proud to have represented Scotland four times already at a number of events.

“I really enjoyed winning the matches in Carlisle and look forward to further success in the future.”

The boys’ Carluke High schoolmate Andrew (15) represented the Scotland youth table tennis squad at the recent UK School Games in Manchester.

Although he didn’t win, Andrew is taking nothing but positives from his exploits there.

Andrew said: “If I was to go to a competition of that standard again, I would need to work hard at my game because I found it to be a very high standard.

“The experience has inspired me to try and improve before I represent Scotland again.”

The development squad member will compete at a top event in Liverpool this month.

Carluke High head teacher Andy Smith hailed the boys’ achievements by saying: “It is really important to me that we recognise the achievements of all of our pupils at all levels.

“We are delighted that these pupils – despite the day to day difficulties that they face – have represented Scotland and done the school proud.”

Carluke High depute head Gordon Roberts added: “It is absolutely super for the school that these three pupils have received international honours.

“It is a good reflection on Carluke High that pupils of all abilities can represent their country in a range of sports.

“These pupils are no different from anybody else.”

Gordon said that Andrew and Cameron’s routes into the international set-up had started off by impressing at a Parasports event at Motherwell’s Ravenscraig Sports Facility. This had secured their respective Development Squad places, prior to their Scotland selections.