PIONEERING PUPIL BECOMES BATON BEARER

PIONEERING PUPIL BECOMES BATON BEARER

Georgie Williams from Perth was a proud baton bearer on Monday 23rd June, as she took part in the Glasgow 2014 Queen’s Baton Relay.

The 18 year old was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at 15 months. At 18 months Georgie started attending The Scottish Centre for Children with Motor Impairments (SCCMI) at the Craighalbert Centre in Cumbernauld. She attended the nursery there, and when she reached the age of 6 years old went to mainstream school at the Community School of Auchterarder in Perthshire. Supported by her time at the Centre, Georgie continued in to secondary mainstream school.

Message Matters’ client The Scottish Centre for Children with Motor Impairments is one of Scotland’s Grant Aided Special Schools, receiving funds directly from the Scottish Government. The Centre provides educational and therapy services for children, young people and their families affected by cerebral palsy and related conditions.

Taking part in such a prestigious sporting moment is reflective of Georgie’s pioneering spirit and sporting success. Georgie plays as part of the Scottish Boccia (target ball) squad, and travelled to London to support her friends in the GB Boccia team as they competed at the Paralympics in London 2012.

Here’s Georgie’s message to the Centre’s CEO, Patrick Salter, ahead of Monday’s Baton Relay:

Georgie's message
Relay excited: Georgie has limited verbal communication so communicates through a DynaVox Maestro device.

Professor Patrick Salter, Chief Executive of the SCCMI, said: “The staff, pupils and parents at the Scottish Centre for Children with Motor Impairments are so proud of Georgie’s participation in the Queen’s Baton Relay for 2014. Georgie has been with us since she was a baby and we are delighted that, as she turns 18 and prepares to leave the Centre, her sporting passions and independent ability are being recognised with this honour.”

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