Angela Robertson Nee McDowell

Sport: Swimming

Angela Robertson Angela left Caldervale High School in Airdrie during September 1981 after gradually losing her eyesight between the ages of 9 and 13, transferring to The Royal Blind School in Edinburgh.

Taking up swimming, Angela had a strong determination to overcome the continuous hurdles placed before her as her eyesight continued to cause problems.

Competing at local, national and international championships from 1984, Angela won 13 European medals in total, 4 Gold and 9 silver (Rome, Italy (1985) 2 Gold, 2 silver; Moscow, Russia (1987) 5 silver; Zurich, Switzerland (1989) 2 Gold and 2 Silver). 

At the World Championships in Sweden (1986), Angela continued with her medal success, bringing home 7 medals, including Gold in the 100m Breaststroke.

Angela was one of eight visually-impaired swimmers selected worldwide to showcase disability sport at the able-bodied World Aquatics Championships in Madrid, Spain 1986.

Reaching the pinnacle of her career, Angela was selected to represent Great Britain at the Paralympics in Seoul, Korea 1988, amassing the largest number of medals won by a single UK athlete (across all sports), bringing home eight medals; four Silver and four Bronze.

Angela is testament to many Paralympic athletes who work through adversity to be defined by her ability and not constrained by disability, achieving awe-inspiring world class performances at the highest level. She is a true inspiration to us all.