MSPs praise 'inspirational' Alistair

A TEENAGE gymnast has won praise in the Scottish Parliament for his success at the Special Olympics – and for helping youngsters in his community.

Cube tenant Alistair Kemley won seven medals at the Special Olympics

Cube tenant Alistair Kemley, who has autism, won SEVEN medals – including overall silver – at the Special Olympics in Sheffield earlier this year.

Alistair, 17, from Wyndford, also makes time to volunteer coach for young people for free.

Maryhill and Springburn MSP Bob Doris put forward a motion at the Scottish Parliament last month congratulating the ‘inspirational’ teenager on his sporting success and commending him for giving back to his community by coaching youngsters for free four times a week.

He added: “Alistair is a shining example of what effort, determination, talent, encouragement and support can achieve.”

Mr Doris also recognised the encouragement and commitment given to him by Cube, which helped with Alistair’s fundraising to cover fees, equipment and travel expenses.

Alistair’s Mum Dawn said: “It’s fantastic that Alistair is being recognised in this way. I’m so proud of him because of everything he’s achieved.”

The teenager won the all-round gold medal at the Scottish Disability Gymnastics Championships held at the Kelvin Hall in November, and is due to compete in the UK mainstream championships in London soon.

Despite his success, Alistair still makes time to volunteer four days a week – at the Hub in Maryhill, Woodside Nursery and Bellahouston Sports Centre – to coach youngsters for free.

Cube Director David MacKenzie said: “What Alistair has achieved is fantastic and I hope he continues to inspire others.

“There’s a lot of talent in our communities and we’re always happy to support our tenants to reach their full potential.”

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Friday, December 15, 2017