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 eventâ€™s 16 strong Team GB swimming team and I finished second in the 100m butterfly â€˜Bâ€™ 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 GBâ€™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!