Athlete Jack jumps to sporting glory

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A Deeside youngster who attends the Royal Blind School has lived up to his name and brought back two gold and one silver medal from a recent athletics competition.

Jack Jump, 18, from Banchory, won a silver for long jump at the Scottish Disability Sport Open Junior Athletics Championships at Grangemouth. He also won two gold medals for the 100-metre and 60-metre track events.

The competition was open to all athletes of school age with a physical disability, sensory impairment and or learning disability.

Gym teacher Caren Bryce said: “The whole team performed extremely well and enjoyed the competition immensely.

“Jack’s contribution was totally brilliant and he is an asset to the school! This performance is a fantastic example of the team work that is prevalent throughout the Royal Blind School. We are proud of each and every one of our young people.”

The Royal Blind School is a National Centre of Excellence in the education and care of children and young people who are blind or visually impaired (VI), including those who have complex multiple disabilities and visual impairment (MDVI).

It provides specialist education, 52-week residential care, therapies and health support for young people aged up to 18.

Commenting on his medals, Jack said: “I like it there and have lots of friends.”

At the Royal Blind School, pupils are offered both day and residential places, and are encouraged to reach their full potential in both curricular and extra-curricular activities.