Highlands & Islands

Karen Darke opens cycling track for disabled

Karen Darke
Image caption Inverness-based Karen Darke won silver at London 2012

What has been described as Scotland's first purpose-built cycling track for disabled people has been opened by Paralympic cyclist Karen Darke.

The 1km track at Cantray, near Inverness, has been constructed at a cost of £250,000.

The project has been led by Cawdor-based Watermill Foundation and has been funded by charities, trusts and national body Sportscotland.

Darke won Paralympic silver in the women's H1-2 time trial last year.

Born in Halifax, the 41-year-old has based herself in Inverness. She was paralysed from the chest down in a climbing accident when she was 21

The Highland Cycle Ability Centre will be made available to schools, community groups and disabled and able bodied cycling clubs.

Tricycles, hand cycles, tandems for visually impaired cyclists and detachable tandems for wheelchair users will be included in the equipment on offer.

The Watermill Foundation said the centre aimed to build on the legacy of the 2012 Paralympics.

Scottish athletes won 11 of Great Britain's 120 medals in the games in London.

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