Teen with spina bifida excels in the wheelchair AND swimming pool

Murron Mackay
Murron Mackay

Kirriemuir teenager Murron Mackay is proving to be a sporting all-rounder.

The 16-year-old, who has spina bifida, is an extremely proficient wheelchair athlete who is also proving to be a superb swimmer.

At the Scottish Schools Swimming Championships in Grangemouth, she won gold, silver and bronze medals.

The Webster’s High pupil is best known as a wheelchair athlete and she certainly puts in the miles in search of glory on the track.

Her mum Loraine takes her to various meetings up and down the country and to regular training sessions at the George Duncan track in Perth, where she is a great inspiration to other disabled athletes at the Strathtay club.

Loraine said: “Murron has a number of big events coming up and is working hard to prepare for them.

“She competes in various races from 100 metres up to 10 kilometres.

“At her last 10k in Jedburgh, she was second woman home in 41 minutes four seconds, 12 minutes inside her personal best.

“The only woman to be in front of her was world record holder Sammi Kinghorn.

“Murron trains at home in Kirrie as well as in Perth.

“We have been down to England to race and, although it is a lot of travelling, it is worth it.

“Among the events Murron is aiming for this year is a training camp in Switzerland in August.

“Hopefully, she will be able to go and, hopefully, she will go there on the back of more good results.”

n Picture shows Murron in her racing wheelchair.