Shiona McClafferty from Lanark is set to make waves at this summer’s Deaflympics in Turkey as she swims for team GB. In March 2107, The Realising Dreams Foundation agreed an award of £1,000 to help her get there.

16 year old Shiona applied to the foundation after her swimming talent secured her a prestigious spot in the GB swimming team for the Deaflpmics being held this July in Samsum, Turkey. But the £2,500 cost of the trip was proving a difficult target to reach.

She has never competed in an international competition before so this opportunity is a dream come true – one Shiona has worked very hard for. She has been swimming competitively for eight years. She trains six times a week and attends competitions up to four times a month . After leaving school Shiona has her sights set on becoming a PE teacher. The fact that she is deaf has never stood in the way of her achieving her dreams.