A TRIO of young Dumbarton and the Vale sports stars have been recognised for their achievements in September.

Emma Rose Robb and Sophie Dempster from Our Lady and St. Patrick’s High School and John Sutherland from Renton Primary School were named the West Dunbartonshire Leisure Trust's Active Schools Young Sports Stars of the Month.

The monthly accolade recognises youngsters from the community who perform exceptionally well in their chosen sports discipline. 

Here, we look into how they won their awards.

Well done guys!

Emma Rose Robb

Emma Rose recently represented Team GB beside another 78 other participants at the World Dwarf Games in Germany from July 28 to August 7.

With over 500 competitors from all over the world, Emma Rose was involved in a variety of events, including Basketball, Volleyball, Football, Throwing and Athletics. 

She successfully gained silver medals in basketball and football and a bronze medal in volleyball which is an amazing achievement.

Emma Rose is now focused on the upcoming National Games in May 2024.

Sophie Dempster

Sophie has been highly successful in a variety of sports including football and tennis.

She is a highly experienced footballer having played from a young age and currently plays for Dumbarton United’s Women's team.

She is also the current Our Lady & St Patrick's High School U15 Football captain. 

Her dedication and commitment to sport makes her an exceptional role model within the school.

Sophie also began playing netball at school in primary five and was one of the first members of Dumbarton Harp Juniors when this Netball Club was created back in August 2017.

Most recently she has gained a place in the Glasgow District Wildcats U15 Netball team - the first member of Dumbarton Harp Juniors to be selected - which is a fantastic achievement.

Congratulations Sophie!

John Sutherland

John has been attending kickboxing classes for the past four years and is very committed to his sport, currently training three nights a week.

John has cerebral palsy but doesn't let this hold him back at all.

He is now onto his yellow belt and has won many medals in various competitions.

After seeing him compete at a local tournament, the President of the Wales World Championships for Kick Boxing invited him to compete down in Wales as he was so impressed.

The leisure trust says John is a fantastic role model for his peers and believe he’ll have many more achievements in his chosen sport in the coming years.

Well done again, John.

The Active Schools Team are engaging with parents, grandparents and people in the community who are helping deliver fun after-school sessions at their local school.

Could you or someone you know spare one hour per week to help children be more active?

For more details on the support available and how to get involved, please contact Active Schools by emailing active.schools@west-dunbarton.gov.uk or engaging via Instagram or Twitter - @activeschoolswd