Two local Olympic heroes have been honoured with a civic reception by Stirling Council Provost Christine Simpson.

Andrew Stuart (19) of Dunblane secured gold in the Level 5 golf individual stroke play at the Special Olympics World Games, which was held in the United Arab Emirates in March.

Cyclist Leanne Peters (34), who hails from Strathblane, collected silver in the 10k time trial and came 5th in the 5K time trial and 6th in the 5k road race.  

Both athletes were joined by their families as they met the Provost and Councillors last month at Old Viewforth, sharing their stories of the global sporting spectacle and showing off their medals.

More than 7,000 athletes from 170 countries took part in the Games in Abu Dhabi, along with 2,500 coaches. It was the first time the Special Olympics had been staged in the Middle East/North Africa region.

Provost Simpson said: “It was an absolute privilege to welcome two inspirational athletes in Andrew and Leanne, along with their families, to Old Viewforth.

“To have claimed medals on the global stage and beat off such stiff competition is a remarkable achievement.”

Andrew is currently studying for a National Certificate in Professional Golf at SRUC’s Elmwood campus in Fife, and hones his swing at both Dunblane and Bridge of Allan Golf Clubs, while Leanne trains in Glasgow.

The Provost continued: “From hearing their stories of the Games, it was an unforgettable experience and one they will always cherish.

“As a Council, we are hugely proud of Andrew and Leanne, and hopefully their success inspires others from across Stirling with a learning disability to follow in their footsteps and get involved in sport and physical activity.”

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