With a gold in 2016, Stuart missed out in 2017, but the South Lanarkshire man regained his title in fine style this year, holding off the challenge from Ken Ives of Home Counties North.
The National Indoor Games emerged from the original Stoke Mandeville annual event and enables people who had Polio and now live with Post Polio Syndrome (PPS), to compete in a range of sports and games. Qualifiers from regional heats, join competitors from across the UK to compete for individual and team success. While Stuart brought home the only gold for Scotland, the team came up against strong competition, which saw silver for Rosyth’s Mary Guild in the Scrabble and a stunning silver for Glenrothes girl Anna Tizzard in Boccia Class 2, who was denied gold facing a games best performance from Northern Ireland’s Alan Weir.
“The Scottish squad came third in 2016, but face much competition in their core sports,” said National Chairman of The British Polio Fellowship, David Mitchell. “The gold for Stuart was well-deserved in the darts which is always fiercely contested, while Mary Guild and Muriel Bradshaw from the North West always battle it out for first place in the Scrabble. However, Anna gets better every year and turning a few silvers into gold could make for changes in 2019, where everyone will want to be at their best, as the charity marks its 80th anniversary.”
Blantyre, famous as the home of explorer David Livingstone and the presumption is that with Stuart, Anna and Mary at their best, Scotland look set to have a strong games in 2019. To find out more about The British Polio Fellowship and to learn about the late effects of Polio and Post Polio Syndrome, visit www.britishpolio.org.uk