Trin­ity bags four medals on ice

Park View pupil en­joys com­pe­ti­tion suc­cess

Rutherglen Reformer - - Puzzles - Mur­ray Spooner

Cam­bus­lang fig­ure skater Trin­ity McPartlin claimed three golds and a sil­ver medal just weeks af­ter she was di­ag­nosed with ADHD. The Park View Pri­mary pupil, who suf­fers from at­ten­tion deficit hy­per­ac­tiv­ity dis­or­der, a con­di­tion af­fect­ing Trin­ity’s be­havioural symp­toms, per­formed bril­liantly to win prizes at a Bri­tish ice fig­ure skat­ing com­pe­ti­tion. Trin­ity’s par­ents were only made aware of the con­di­tion just weeks be­fore the event in Glas­gow and were alerted to the spe­cial group, Iskate, who help de­velop ice skat­ing for skaters with a dis­abil­ity.

A Cam­bus­lang girl who suf­fers from ADHD has won four medals at a Bri­tish fig­ure skat­ing com­pe­ti­tion just weeks af­ter she was di­ag­nosed with the con­di­tion.

Park View Pri­mary pupil Trin­ity McPartlin was on top form as she claimed three golds and a sil­ver at the Iskate in­clu­sive com­pe­ti­tion held at Brae­head ear­lier this month.

The nine-year-old suf­fers from at­ten­tion deficit hy­per­ac­tiv­ity dis­or­der, a con­di­tion that causes be­havioural dif­fi­cul­ties that in­clude inat­ten­tive­ness, hy­per­ac­tiv­ity and im­pul­sive­ness.

Her par­ents were only made aware of the con­di­tion just weeks be­fore the com­pe­ti­tion and were alerted to the spe­cial group, Iskate, a group that is de­vel­ops skaters with a dis­abil­ity.

But proud mum Zoe was over­joyed to watch her daugh­ter claim medals for her syn­chro­ni­sa­tion, ba­sic footwork, and rou­tines to mu­sic at the event last month.

And she ad­mits the awards show how well Trin­ity has coped since she was di­ag­nosed with the con­di­tion.

“This has been a mas­sive boost for her,” she said. “She has strug­gled in school with the nor­mal cur­ricu­lum so this has given her some­thing to fo­cus on.

“She per­forms nor­mal rou­tines like any nor­mal ice fig­ure skater but th­ese rou­tines are suited to her con­di­tion. The coaches are very sup­port­ive and very in­formed of how to help some­one with dis­abil­i­ties.

“Trin­ity has ADHD and we only dis­cov­ered that she had it four or five weeks ago. She was skat­ing at Hamil­ton Ice Rink for three years and do­ing her badges, but she wasn’t able to sit still and didn’t take in the rou­tine that was be­ing shown to her or fo­cus on what the coaches were say­ing.

“It wasn’t un­til the school helped to iden­tify what was wrong and her coach Janet in­tro­duced us to Iskate.

“She’s now tak­ing her med­i­ca­tion and since then we have seen a mas­sive dif­fer­ence in her and her skat­ing.

“The Iskate com­pe­ti­tion has only been go­ing for two to three years but peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties trav­elled from Eng­land and Ire­land to com­pete.

“She’s only been with the group since Fe­bru­ary so to win medals like this is re­ally amaz­ing.”

Trin­ity trains at the Time Cap­sule in Coat­bridge and Hamil­ton Ice Rink as part of the Iskate group on Fri­day and Sun­day evenings.

Iskate help de­velop ice skat­ing for skaters with a dis­abil­ity or an impairment and hold an an­nual ice skat­ing com­pe­ti­tion in Brae­head.

They have also re­cently an­nounced that four of the group’s Time Cap­sule skaters will rep­re­sent Team GB at this year’s World Win­ter Spe­cial Olympics in Austria.

The sky is the limit for her daugh­ter ac­cord­ing to mum Zoe who does not see why Trin­ity can­not join her fel­low skaters at fu­ture com­pe­ti­tions.

“She def­i­nitely has high hopes to win gold at the Par­a­lympic Games or even the Olympics be­cause she could take part in both.

“We’re re­ally proud of her and how far she has come.

“It’s all been ben­e­fi­cial for both of us. It was good to meet with other par­ents who know what you are go­ing through.”

She’s only been with the group since Fe­bru­ary so to win medals is amaz­ing Zoe, mum

Ice timeTrin­ity claimed four medals at a com­pe­ti­tion in Brae­head, Glas­gow

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Ice try Trin­ity smiles proudly with coach Janet Don­ald­son, above, and do­ing a rou­tine on the ice, right

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