Alison MacKenzie

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World Special Olympic Gold Medal winning; Alison MacKenzie

Alison has been doing gymnastics for over 20 years — since she was around 6 or 7 years old. She says she likes to go to Gymnastics to keep fit and socialise.

Alison trains at least 3 times a week at her local sports centre in Houston, Renfrewshire and at Bellahouston sports centre in Glasgow. Her favourite part of gymnastics is the rhythmic routines — this includes Ribbon, Ball, Club and Hoop.

Alison has won a number of medals at the Great Britain Special Olympics including ones held in Glasgow in 2005, Leicester in 2009, Bath in 2013 and Sheffield in 2017.

Alison says her highlight so far was taking part in the World Summer Special Olympic Games held in Los Angeles, July 2015 where she won 4 gold medals, 1 silver and 1 bronze! She says she enjoyed every minute of her time over the course of the two weeks of the games held there. Many of her family members including here mum and dad, two brothers and two sisters went out to the games to support her and cheer her on.

“I love doing my routines in front of the crowd, it makes me proud of myself. People can see I am more than just Down’s syndrome.”

Alison helps coach under 10 year old children with learning or physical disabilities weekly on a Saturday and has done for many years.

As well as Gymnastics Alison loves to dance, go swimming and to the gym. She also loves cooking and baking.