Meet the Project Team

  • Margarita Sweeney-Baird

    Margarita is the founder and driving force behind this project. A former Scottish ladies champion and skating coach in the UK, she originally took a year-long sabbatical from her distinguished legal career to mastermind this project.  Originally Margarita undertook to build an international team of experts to develop the ideas and deliver a full and detailed plan to the ISU in 2012. The ISU did not adopt the format in 2012  and Inclusive Skating has therefore developed into an independent movement with world rankings and international events and national championships independently of the ISU. In 2018 the ISU recognised the Inclusive Skating format and thanked Margarita for her work to develop Inclusive skating. The Glasgow 2019 Inclusive skating event appears on the ISU calendar for the first time. So, Margarita looks forward to working in co-operation with the ISU and all relevant Federations in the future.

  • Bryan Morrice

    Bryan was Chairman of Sk8scotland from 2004 until his retirement. Prior to this he was a Board Director and Vice Chairman of NISA, the UK Governing Body. For 15 years he was also the editor and producer of Ice Link, the official newspaper of NISA until it was discontinued in 2008. Bryan himself has a minor disability, missing his right hand from birth, but this has not prevented him from enjoying his chosen sport – ice dancing. He has long been a champion of opportunity for disability skating. Bryan was a key driver in the coordinating the marketing and communications aspects of this project, including the development of the website. Bryan has since retired but Inclusive Skating will always be grateful to Bryan for his contributions to our development.

  • Karen Titmus

    Karen is a Mum and an enthusiast who lives in Cambridgeshire. She is involved on this project with the aim of promoting and encouraging Ice Skating for Special Olympic athletes in the UK.

    Over the years, Karen has gained knowledge of several special needs. Her son Calum, who started on the Learn to Skate UK programme in February 2010, has learning difficulties as well as being on the Autistic Spectrum.

    She is an active member of the North West Cambridgeshire Special Olympic group.

    She says:

    “I believe in supporting anyone who is striving to achieve something and to try and help them to achieve their potential. Life is full of challenges and you can overcome them.”

    She believes there is more than one way to teach something, “I taught Calum subtraction by using crisps. He learnt very quickly!”

    “I have a limited skating knowledge, but along with Calum, I am learning something new every week.”

    Karen has now retired as a Charity Trustee but remains involved with all Inclusive Skating activities as a Consultant and an Honorary Past Trustee.

  • Alison Sargent

    Alison is a lawyer and one of the Inclusive Skating Charity Trustees. Mum to Cameron, who is currently ranked 2 in the Inclusive Skating World Rankings. Alison was  a key member of the Organising Committee for Inclusive Skating events in 2016, 2017 and was the Announcer in 2018.

  • Hannah Lee

    Hannah is the newest of the Inclusive Skating Charity Trustees. Hannah is a superb skater and is a qualified occupational therapist. She is also a fundraiser and is becoming a key member of the Organising Committee for Inclusive Skating events.

  • Noel Grimshaw

    Noel coached in Edinburgh for 15yrs, is a former ISU International Referee and internationally known judge who served on the judging panel at the first ISU World Synchronized Skating Championships. A past UK Association Technical Director, he is currently Vice Chair of the Synchro Technical Committee.

    A Local Authority Sports Development Officer for over 25 yrs, Noel has since retired from his role as a charity trustee but remains involved as a Consultant and an Honorary Past Trustee.

  • Walter Stewart

    Walter is a former British Junior Skating Champion and coached many outstanding skaters over the years. Walter retired from skating for a few years and since his return has become very active with Inclusive Skating and has trained and qualified as a judge. Walter also helps regularly at the Inclusive Skating club at Braehead.

  • Sharon McLean

    Sharon McLean is a mother of an Inclusive Skater and is a volunteer at many Inclusive Skating events. She was an Inclusive Skating Charity Trustee until recently and is now enjoying being a mum to her family and a granny.

  • Perry O'Connor

    An adult skater, Perry has skated under both ISU and ISI organizations, (she started skating many years ago in New York under the USFSA Learn to Skate Programme) and competed in SkateAsia twice while living in the Middle East. Her husband and three children also all skate and have taken part as a family in numerous shows and events in the Middle East. Back home in Ireland, she is a a judge for the ISAI.

    Perry is leading the impaired skating project in Ireland with great success as Ireland has already included the Rondinelli scale in its test rules and an impaired skater has already used the bonus in a national ice skating test. As a parent of an impaired skater, Perry understands firsthand the difficulties and restrictions imposed on impaired skaters skating without the Inclusive Skating marking system.

  • Ann Stokes

    Ann Stokes has a passion for the sport and has been involved with skating for many years. Ann has helped in the development of the Time Capsule Inclusive Skating Club and was an Assistant Coach with Special Olympics GB and the team going to the World Winter Games.

    Ann is proficient in British Sign Language and incorporates 2 of her passions together, ice skating, and deaf communication.