A Portlethen Academy pupil has been selected to represent Scotland at wheelchair basketball.
Jack Caird, who is 12, only took up the game last year. But he has made great progress and been chosen for training camps and a home nations tournament with Scotland Under-15s.
The Newtonhill resident has cerebral palsy which affects his legs and hands.
This means Jack has to use a manual wheelchair or crutches to move around, and he also has to wear splints on both legs.
He played wheelchair basketball for the first time last June at Aberdeen Sports Village’s parasports day.
After that, Jack started training with the Grampian Flyers junior wheelchair basketball team last August.
After showing his talent with the junior side, Jack was asked to step up and train with the senior team in October.
And, after attending the Scottish U15 trials earlier this year, he received the good news he has been selected for the camps and the home international event at Worcester next month.
His mother, Corinne, is delighted that Jack has excelled after such a short time in playing the game.
She is also happy he has found a sport he can play.
She said: “He’s been going to the parasports day for the last five years.
“But last year was the first year there was wheelchair basketball at it.
“He just tried it and enjoyed it and started going along to their training sessions. It has just moved on from there.
“His father, Mark, brother Connor and I are all really proud of him.
“It’s really good that he has a sport he can play and enjoy.
“He really loves football as well and supports Aberdeen.
“But he tires too quickly if he tries to play football.
“He did try to play at primary school but he just couldn’t manage.
“So it’s great that he is able to play basketball.
“He likes other sports as well, but up until he found basketball it was difficult for Jack.
“He wanted to play sport but was restricted in what he could play.”
However, playing for Scotland is not cheap.
Due to Basketball Scotland funding cuts, players now have to pay for their kit and accommodation when attending training camps and competitions.
The Caird family are hoping to find sponsorship to help with costs, and anyone interested should contact email@example.com