Marvel at Merryn’s medals

Merryn won an amazing three golds, two silvers and one bronze at her first Dwarf Sport Association National Games in Birmingham during the May Bank Holiday
Merryn won an amazing three golds, two silvers and one bronze at her first Dwarf Sport Association National Games in Birmingham during the May Bank Holiday

Torphichen tot Merryn Binnie competed in her first Dwarf Sport Association National Games and came home with a medal haul Olympic athletes in Rio would be proud of.

The six-year-old and her parents travelled to Birmingham during the May Bank holiday to compete in the 23rd National Dwarf Games and the superstar athlete managed to win an impressive six medals.

Merryn won gold in cycling, archery and the shot putt, silver in the swimming and 20m running and a bronze in the 10m running.

The athletes were in different classes, Merryn was class two, so in some cases where she may not have finished first, but she was still the first placed athlete in her category.

The Torphichen Primary pupil said archery is her favourite sport just now after her nana bought a bow and arrow to practise with. Merryn, who has Achondroplasia, a form of dwarfism, said: “I like our big back garden as it gives me plenty of space to run around and play archery with my brother.”

However, big brother Miller (8) gives his sister plenty of competition as they both believe they are the best shot in the Binnie family.

This was Merryn’s first appearance at the National Games and proud mum Donna was not sure what to expect from the family’s outing.

She said: “The whole event was so well organised. There was around 200 athletes of all ages competing so there was a lot going on.”

Athletes were going for gold across 12 sports over the three days and Donna had no idea Merryn would be so successful.

She said: “Sometimes Merryn can be a bit quiet, however, the whole weekend really helped her come out her shell and by the end of it she had made so many friends and she can not wait to go back next year.

“To win one medal was amazing but to see her win a further five was just incredible.”

“The games just show you how nothing should stop you doing what you want to do.

“It was a real eye-opener and it proved to me that there will be no stopping Merryn.”

The family recently went to a regional event at Wellsfield Farm where all the Binnie clan could get involved and gave Miller a chance to show off his skills.

Merryn said: “I really enjoy all the events but can not wait for next year to try and win some more medals and meet all my friends.”