Athlete Travel Awards Scheme - successful applicants announced

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Thirteen local athletes, including three from parasports, have been awarded funding in round two of the Shetland Athlete Travel Award Scheme 2021/22.  

The list of athletes supported includes one runner, one footballer, one triathlete, and seven swimmers.  For the first time – three parasport athletes are also included, from badminton, swimming and marathon running. 

Parasport badminton player Ewan Bisset is now on the pathway with Badminton Scotland and will soon attend national squad training.  Swimmer Sonia Poniecka attended the national swimming championships last month and is now working towards her parasport classification.  Runner Garry Munro achieved his T46 Para Marathon classification in 2020 and is now looking forward to the Seville Marathon in February. 

The full list of successful athletes who have been awarded funds from the Shetland Athlete Travel Award Scheme is:

  • Ewan Bisset (Para Badminton)
  • Garry Munro (Para Marathon)
  • Sonia Poniecka (Para Swimming)
  • Michelle Sandison (Athletics)
  • George Robesten (Football)
  • Finlay Geddes (Swimming)
  • Freya Masson (Swimming)
  • Joe Carter (Swimming)
  • Orla Henderson (Swimming)
  • Rhona Anderson (Swimming)
  • Tom Nicolson (Swimming)
  • Magnus Bullough (Swimming)
  • and Layla Todd (Triathlon)

Jack Clubb, Sports Development Officer, Shetland Islands Council: “We are delighted to be able to support 13 high performing athletes with their travel for off-island training and competition. It is great to see para athletes being supported for the first time, showing that people with disabilities in Shetland have a pathway to participate in sport on and off island.”

The scheme will soon reopen for applications to the 2022/23 programme. 

Notes for Editors

  • More information is available on the Shetland Athlete Travel Award Scheme pages
  • Parasports are sports played by people with a disability, including physical and intellectual disabilities. Some parasports are variations on existing able-bodied sports, while others have been specifically created for persons with a disability and do not have an able-bodied equivalent.  More sport-specific information is available on the International Paralympic Committee pages.

Published: 5th January 2022