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The importance of inclusion - Paralympic gold medalist to address Children in Scotland conference

Paralympian Neil Fachie MBE is set to address delegates at Children in Scotland’s Child Protection and Wellbeing in Sport conference, taking place later this month.

The gold medallist will speak to the delegation about building inclusive environments in sport for all children and young people, reflecting on his own experience as a partially sighted athlete.

Fachie will comment on barriers that may hinder young people's participation in sport, identifying the need for an inclusive approach, and will outline what helped him overcome his own personal challenges.

Speaking ahead of the conference, Fachie said:

“Being partially sighted, I have certainly faced some challenges. In my teens I was very quiet and shy but being involved in sport made me more confident."

“An inclusive environment, and encouragement to succeed, no matter what your physical capabilities, is hugely important. This is an attitude that needs to be adopted at every level in sport – whether it’s with friends after school or training to compete for an Olympic medal." 

“I am delighted to have been asked to share my story and look forward to the event.”

Neil Fachie is a three times paralympian, competing in Beijing (2008), London (2012) and Rio (2016). Originally competing in Beijing as a track and field athlete, he switched to track cycling in time for the London Olympic Games four years later.  

In London, he won two medals, taking home gold in the Men’s individual 1km time trial and silver in the individual sprint.

Most recently, the 32-year-old cyclist won silver when defending his time trial in Rio in 2016.

The Child Protection and Wellbeing in Sport conference, organised by Children in Scotland, will consider how those involved with sport, in school, community or club settings, can ensure the safety and wellbeing of those children taking part.

The conference comes after a series of cases revealed abuse of children and adolescents involved with sports clubs across the country. It will also feature a keynote speech from Dr Daniel Rhind, Senior Lecturer at Brunel University, London, who will discuss strategies through which abuse can be prevented, focusing on the International Safeguards for Children in Sport.

Child Protection and Wellbeing in Sport will take place on Tuesday 25 April at Hampden Park, Glasgow. 

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