In the latest in our series of interviews with members of the Scotland Cerebral Palsy National Team, we caught up with Lewis McIntyre, who captained the Under-19 team to the semi-finals of the CP Games in Nottingham last year.

Lewis McIntyre will be hoping to repeat the feats he reached in 2015 this year with the Scotland Cerebral Palsy National Team.

McIntyre was captain of the Scotland Under-19 team who reached the semi-finals at the CP Games in Nottingham, and he was also a member of the Scotland A Squad who played in last year’s World Cup. Needless to say, it was a year to remember for the man from Renfrewshire.

Speaking to the Scottish FA website, Lewis said: “Playing at the World Championships and the CP Games last year was incredible.

“To captain my country at the CP Games was an incredible honour. It’s something you dream of doing, and it was brilliant to be captain of such a talented team.

“We got to the semi-finals in Nottingham, where we took Brazil to extra-time. It took two screamers for Brazil to defeat us, which I think highlights how well we performed in the competition.

“It was a terrific experience. All the boys, myself included, learned a lot from a tournament environment such as the World CP Games. To be at an event with different athletes from such a wide range of sports was fascinating.”

Despite only recently turning 19, McIntyre is an established member of the Cerebral Palsy squad.

For the past three years he has been part of the A-squad set-up and in the youth programmes for the last eight years.  The journey, however, started when he received a letter in the post.

“One day, I got a letter through my door from Yorkhill Hospital about the opportunity to try out for the Cerebral Palsy squad” he explained.

“I turned up at Stirling University a few weeks later for training and I’ve been involved ever since!

“It’s a great squad to be a part of. We all have our own challenges to deal with, but we’ve also got our own strengths, too. We help each other collectively, which is why I think we’ve performed well over the past couple of years.”