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Chamber and committees

Motion ref. S6M-05977

Milngavie Parents Triumph in Completing Triathlon with Disabled Son

Submitted by: Pam Gosal, West Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party.
Date lodged: Thursday, September 22, 2022

Supported by: Jackie Baillie, Jeremy Balfour, Miles Briggs, Finlay Carson, Sharon Dowey, Russell Findlay, Meghan Gallacher, Maurice Golden, Jamie Greene, Dr. Sandesh Gulhane, Craig Hoy, Liam Kerr, Stephen Kerr, Bill Kidd, Douglas Lumsden, Fulton MacGregor, Stuart McMillan, Edward Mountain, Paul Sweeney, Annie Wells, Tess White, Brian Whittle

That the Parliament commends the efforts of Fiona and Gary Maurer for completing a triathlon challenge, which is part of the disability sports Superhero Series, with their 12-year-old son Ethan Maurer who has Pitt-Hopkins Syndrome; notes that the course entailed a 1km swim in Loch Morlich, then a 20km off-road path with Ethan’s buggy, and then onto an 8km trail run; understands that Pitt-Hopkins is a severe neurological disability, which makes it difficult to walk unassisted or talk; supports what it sees as the positive attributes that sport plays in managing mental health, and considers that the triathlon is a great way to raise awareness of disabilities and promote inclusion in sport, and commends the Superhero Series, which is powered by Marvel, for offering a mass participation event for people with disabilities.