Hebrides or Western Isles are an archipelago of 10
populated islands 30 miles off the North West seaboard
of Scotland, stretching 150 miles from the Isle of Barra
in the South to the Isle of Lewis in the North they form
the last inhabited land mass before North America.
WIDS was the idea of a local sports person and their
carer and was founded in Stornoway in March 2001, the
organisation is run by a dedicated committee of both
disabled and able-bodied people.
In the three years that WIDS has been in existence its
philosophy, motivation and team aided enthusiasm has now
spread and it has sub branches in Barra and the Uistís.
long-term objective is to make sport and leisure
facilities available and accessible to all people with a
disability irrespective of age or the nature of their
disability. In the short term we aim to hold the first
inter Island competitions, which we hope will be a
success, and become regular events. The indications from
the membership show that this is being greeted with
great enthusiasm and should soon become a reality.
delighted to be able to send small teams to the Scottish
Disability Sport Swimming Championships and to the
Discovery games in Dundee where we won gold medals; Our
aim is to increase the size of our teams and the number
of competitions that we are able to attend.
We have introduced New Age Kurling a novel activity that
can be played indoors on any hard flat surface the size
of a badminton court. This is one of the games included
in our inter Island Competition.
Kurling is similar to that played one on ice but the
stones have been adapted to be played indoors in
sports halls, community centres etc. It is an
activity that can be played by anyone able bodied or
with a disability and is truly an integrated sport.
It is also an internationally recognised sport that
offers WIDS the opportunity to represent the Western
Isles in another National and even International
constantly seeking new members to participate along
with volunteers to assist in our projects as well as
sponsorship either from local businesses or outside
assistance. Without sponsorship WIDS would not have
been able to achieve its success stories and many of
itís sportsmen and women would not be able to strive
to fulfil their potential.