Scotland opens first cycling facility for the disabled

2012 Silver Medalist Karen Darke opens Highland Cycle Ability Centre

by Sarah Barth   May 26, 2013  

Karen-Darke

2012 Silver Medal winner Karen Darke has opened Scotland's first disabled cycling facility - and knocked off an inaugural time trial for others to beat in the process.

Highland Cycle Ability Centre today at Cantray, near Cawdor, is an open air track that's a dedicated facility for people with physical and learning disabilities.

It cost £250,000, (of which £48,510 was an investment by sportscotland) to build and includes timing technology to allow riders to improve their performances time upon time. Able-bodied riders will be able to use the track by appointment.

The group behind the new track, Highland based charity The Watermill Foundation, hope the new facility will encourage more young disabled people to take up sport in Scotland in the wake of Team GB’s success in the 2012 London Paralympics, and in the run up to the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Joanna McGregor, Chairwoman of The Watermill Foundation, said: “We are absolutely delighted that Karen Darke, one of the great ambassadors for disabled cycling, joined us for the opening of this new centre, a first for Scotland. Karen has enjoyed huge sporting success as a Paralympic cyclist and we hope that her support will encourage young disabled people across Scotland to take an interest in cycling.

“This is an enormously exciting time for disabled sport in Scotland. The success of Team GB in the 2012 Paralympic Games was a huge inspiration for those of us who work closely with disabled people. We hope this new facility will allow us to build on this success and inspire others to pursue their sporting ambitions, particularly as we approach the Commonwealth Games.”

Sport Minister Shona Robison said: “This is a tremendous facility that will make it much easier for disabled people to get involved in cycling and will raise the profile of para cycling ahead of the events at next year’s Commonwealth Games. Backed by sportscotland funding, this is a first for Scotland and testament to The Watermill Foundation’s vision and hard work.”

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Do they have a website? I'm trying to work out how I can go use this place, because its not that far from me, having a "disability" this could be a great place for me to go and have a spin Big Grin

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posted by Gkam84 [8825 posts]
26th May 2013 - 13:59

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From the article in 'Able' magazine

http://ablemagazine.co.uk/scotlands-first-disabled-cycle-centre-is-on-tr...

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Interested applicants should write to Watermill Foundation, The Old Mill, Cantray, Cawdor, Nairn, IV12 5XT or call 01667 493312.

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27th May 2013 - 10:43

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Cheers Mad, I found their website yesterday. Just forgot to come back and post it. http://highlandcycleability.com/

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27th May 2013 - 15:59

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