1 May 2024 

Nine students undertaking courses in the area of Supported Programmes at Fife College's Glenrothes Campus made waves at the recent Disability Sports Fife Swimming Championships.

Sophie Coughlin and Kayleigh Duggan, who are both studying on the Level 2 Personal Development course, each won gold medals in their respective races. Owen Smith, a student on the Access to Employment course, was also among the medal-winning students, taking home Silver in his race.

The event at Michael Woods Centre in Glenrothes (Thursday 25 April) saw athletes from all over Fife compete in both individual and team races with the students winning further medals in the relay.

Speaking of her award, a delighted Kayleigh Duggan thanked the College for giving her the opportunity to take part in the event.

Kayleigh, from Glenrothes, said:

"What a magical moment to win Gold in the 25m Back Stroke. The race was very competitive with amazing swimmers of all ages. I never thought for one minute that, when entering this competition, I would come first. Thank you to everyone that supported me. It just proves that, even with a disability, or hidden disabilities, there's nothing stopping you achieving your dreams in life."

Lecturer Gayle Nelson, who had helped the team to practice and organised their participation, said:

“This event is such a positive goal for the students to work towards as part of their college courses, allowing them the chance to improve their fitness whilst also making significant personal achievements.

“Their achievements not only reflect their dedication but also the inclusive spirit of our college community."

Fife College Supported Learning courses offer students the opportunity to participate in a range of activities that promote learning, training and personal development.

Academic and Quality Manager for Supported Programmes at Fife College, Sandra Peebles, added:

“It is fantastic to see our Supported Programmes students continue to take part and gain medals in The Fife Swimming Championships organised by Disability Sport Fife.

“It is important for our students to be able to demonstrate their wide range of skills and talents and taking part in this swimming championship encourages self-confidence and enriches their time at college. Thank you to Gayle Nelson who tirelessly puts in all the effort to ensure this activity continues for our students.”

Disability Sport Fife leads the development of inclusive sport and active recreation for children, young people and adults with a physical, sensory or learning disability across Fife.

The Fife Swimming Championship is an annual fixture which Supported Programmes has participated in regularly over the past five years.

For more information about Supported Learning courses on offer at Fife College, visit our Supported Learning pages.