History

The property that is now the Lamont Centre and Sports Club for people with physical disabilities was founded in 1999 by Sally Wood-Lamont.  

Sally Wood-Lamont has been resident in Cluj-Napoca, Romania since December 1993. Formerly a Senior Librarian at Edinburgh University, she came over on sabbatical leave as a Library Consultant at the Central University Library of the University of Medicine and Pharmacy. She has published over 25 scientific articles, has attended and given papers at many International Conferences, is Chief Editor of the Journal of the European Association of Health and Information Libraries and English editor of four Romanian international medical journals as well as being co-ordinator of other international projects such as SCROLL (Scotland Romania Language Link), which annually provides Scottish University students for Romanian summer school camps.  In 1995 she was awarded "International Librarian of the Year" by the British Library Association; in 1996 she attained the Fellowship of the British Library Association and in 1999 she was awarded an Honorary degree from Edinburgh University for her work in Romania.

 

On October, 29, 2002, Sally received the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (M.B.E) from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace for "services to young people and the disabled in Romania".

 

 

In 1999 Sally  founded the Lamont Centre and Sports Club for persons with physical disabilities. Additional funding for the total renovation needed to make the Centre accessible was obtained by the British Embassy, the Church of Scotland, her uncle, the late Donald Lamont and other individual donors. The Centre boasts 2 multi-purpose rooms, a sport and computer room, a kitchen and an accessible toilet and shower rooms.  The Centre was envisioned as an education and work place where young adults with physical disabilities could learn employment and sport skills which would enable their social integration. It was celebrated as the first of its kind in Romania. Since its inception, the Lamont Centre has been at the forefront of the disabled rights movement in Romania.  The Lamont Centre has also become a key player in promoting dialogue and networking between organizations of disabled people in Romania in order to strengthen their capacity to act to improve the situation of disabled people and to contribute to a stronger disability movement throughout the country.The Centre is not only dedicated to training people in job skills, but finds employment for them.  Since 2001, paralympic sport has become an integral part of the Lamont Centre program and has enriched not only the lives of the current 50 members of the Sports Team, but also helped to promote paralympic sport in Romania. The Team has grown from competing in local competitions to participating  worldwide including the first qualification of three of its members for the London Paralympics in 2012.