Kayleigh Haggo, from South Ayrshire in Scotland, has a form of cerebral palsy and has established herself as a sports superstar after winning three golds in the European Paralympic Youth Games, as well as setting numerous world records and age group records in swimming, race running and club throw sports.
Kayleigh currently holds the fastest ever RR2 times for 100, 200, 400 and 800m in race running - an international disability sport designed for people with neurological conditions such as cerebral palsy. It uses a custom-built three-wheeled frame, where the runner is supported by a saddle and can lean against a chest support. There are no pedals and athletes propel themselves forward using their feet, with hands or arms used to steer.
The sport has seen huge growth in the last few years and made a second appearance at the England Athletics Senior Championships in 2019 following its debut in 2018. It will also feature at the 2019 World Para Athletics Championships in Dubai for the first time.
Kayleigh began race running at the age of 12, before having four years out to focus on swimming, but what many people don’t know about Kayleigh is the impact she is having on her Ayrshire community. Kayleigh is an Active Schools volunteer and helps out at her local primary school, providing multi-sports sessions. And on top of all that, she’s studying for an HNC in sports coaching at college.
The talented athlete has overcome many obstacles but her outlook on life has remained positive and she continues to inspire young people to follow their dreams, no matter what obstacles they face. Kayleigh’s dream is to compete in race running at the Paralympic Games in Paris in 2024. Our support of the sporting star continues to be able to strive towards her sporting ambitions.