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This has been a very busy period for my swimming. I was delighted to be selected for Team GB at the recent European Youth Olympic Festival in Trabzon, Turkey. I was the only Scottish swimmer in the event’s 16 strong Team GB swimming team and I finished second in the 100m butterfly ‘B’ final. I set a new Scottish Junior record with a time of 56.66.

The 2011 EYOF saw over 3000 athletes from 48 European countries assemble to compete in a total of nine sports: athletics, cycling, gymnastics, judo, swimming, tennis, basketball, handball and volleyball.

For all of Team GB’s 64 competitors, aged between 13 and 17, this was their first experience of a multi-sport environment and their first taste of Olympic competition.

That was my first time in a GB team and having been in the Youth Olympics will motivate me to make the GB team again. It was an amazing experience, having that many top athletes from different sports all staying in one place. Being in a big event made everyone swim faster.

We travelled back for the last day of the ASA Youth Championships at Sheffield. I qualified for the final of the 400 IM in the morning and also the semi-final of the 50 Free. I was really tired so didnt swim in the IM final but managed to progress in the 50 Free through to the fina. I produced my fastest ever time and finished 4th so I was really happy with that. I went off on holiday with my family the next day and had a complete break from swimming!

Posted 18 September 2011
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I was delighted to be part of Youth Team Scotland who travelled to the Isle of Man for the Commonwelath Youth Games. The journey was an experience as we caught the Ferry during quite bad weather conditions (the journey home was even worse!)

The first day was superb for Scotland in the pool. I was part of the Mens 4 × 100 Medley Relay team with Josh Booth, Craig Benson and Ally Stirling. We finished in second place behind Australia to win silver. My individual event went well on day one and I broke the Scottish Junior Record for the 50 Fly in the final.

I manged to reach the finals for all my individual events and it was a fantastic experience to race against people from countries from all over the Commonwealth. I loved the relays and was really please with the splits I posted. The 200 Individual Medley was best event and I managed to qualify for the final in first place. I knew that was likely to change in the final as Ieuan Lloyd from Wales just cruised into the final. He is the European Junior Champion and is very fast. I was however determined to challenge and thge final was brilliant. I produced my fastest ever time in 2:03.02 to win Bronze medal behind Lloyd and Eugene Tee, Australia.

Posted 18 September 2011
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I am heading off to Turkey on Saturday with Team GB for the European Youth Olympics in Trabzon. I am delighted to be selected and really looking forward to the event. I am due to swim the 100m Butterfly and will also be part of the medley relay team.

Posted 17 July 2011
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I was at Tollcross, Glasgow for the Scottish Open and had some fairly good swims. The good news is that frontcrawl is going in the right direction again! I won seven Scottish Junior titles – 50, 100 & 200 Butterfly, 50, 100 & 200 Free and 200 IM. I reached the A finals of the 100, 200 Butterfly and the 200 IM, it is a different experience racing the seniors. I was part of the Carnegie relay team broke the Scottish Junior record by 6 seconds in the 4 × 200 Free with Lewis Kirby, Myles and Blair Hershaw.

Posted 17 July 2011
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At the recent East District Age Group Championships in Glenrothes I broke two British Junior Short Course records. During the February weekend I recorded a time of 2.04:38 for the 200 Individual Medley. In March I also broke the 100 Butterfly record with a time of 55:64.

Posted 05 April 2011