Megan's Ice Skating Success

Megan is a gold medal-winning Ice Skater who has competed in Scottish, British and International Skating competitions. Her Mum Siobhan tells us a bit more about Megan's experiences:

"Megan is 19 and has a dual diagnosis of Down Syndrome and Autism. She is very active and has won many Gold medals through Inclusive and Special Olympic Ice Skating.  Megan absolutely loves ice-skating and is a different person when she is on the ice. There is something magical when she skates.

Megan’s ice-skating journey began in 2013 when we, as a family, all joined the amazing Iskate Inclusive Skating Club at the Time Capsule Coatbridge.

The club was founded by Margarita Sweeney-Baird in order that skaters, and their families, with a disability or impairment could come together for a common purpose: to develop their skills in ice-skating and have fun together.

Megan has won many medals and achievements in her ice-skating since she started.  She has competed in lots of Scottish, British and International Inclusive Skating competitions.

There have been many amazing times in her skating life but some of her most memorable highlights include:

  • Receiving her Gold Medal at the Scottish International Inclusive Skating Championships 2019 at Murrayfield when she met Prince Edward.
  • MSP Fulton MacGregor raised a motion in the Scottish Parliament about Megan’s ice skating and he presented her with this at a special assembly at her school - Buchanan High School Coatbridge.
  • Being presented with a Gold Medal by Christopher Dean at the recent Virtual Inclusive Skating British International Championships, where she received three Gold Medals and a Bronze medal
  • Megan was also presented with a silver medal by the President of Iceland when Skating as part of the Special Olympic team at the Icecup competition in Iceland. 

Megan is missing her sport just now but is keeping active and practising her ice-skating skills by participating in twice-weekly off-ice sessions with her fantastic coach, Rebecca Hutchison.

Megan has experienced and achieved so much through Inclusive Skating but the biggest achievement is the many lovely friends that she has made through ice-skating."

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