Swimmer James Clegg is looking forward to his Paralympic Games debut before returning to college next year.
The 18-year-old from Langholm, Dumfries & Galloway, cemented his place at London following a silver medal in the MC 100m Butterfly at the British Gas Swimming Championships.
His time of 1:01.46 beat a 12-year record and would have placed him fifth in the 2011 world rankings for swimmers with a visual impairment.
Clegg undertook an NQ Social Care at Jewel & Esk College in Edinburgh and was selected by Scottish Swimming for a national sports scholarship from Winning Students in 2010-11.
“Right now my focus is on swimming and after the Paralympic Games I plan to take a year out then I definitely want to go to college again,” said Clegg, who is hoping to represent Team GB in the 100m Butterfly and also in the 50m and 100m Freestyle.
“I really enjoyed the experience of my first year studying and found it great fun too. I don’t know yet what I will study, but I will continue my studies.”
Clegg (pictured right), is currently in Berlin at a development event to provide him with training and competition as he steps up the preparations for the home games.
He will also be able to pick up tips on what to expect from his sister Libby, who won a sprint silver medal at the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games.
He added: “She has said it is an amazing experience and I’m really looking forward to it. I’m really happy the hard work has paid off to qualify and now I want to get ready so I can improve on my personal bests and prove why I was selected. I feel I’m in the best fitness of my life and it should improve even more as the Games get closer.”
Elsewhere, current scholarship swimmers were in action last week at the British Gas ASA National Championships in Sheffield, returning home with an impressive 11 medals.
Kathryn Johnstone, from Heriot-Watt University won the 50m Breaststroke with University of Edinburgh students Andrea Strachan and Corrie Scott second and third respectively.
University of Stirling swimmer Lewis Smith picked up three medals from three events, while his Stirling team-mates Cameron Brodie, Jak Scott and Ryan Bennett also earned podium positions, Bennett posting a lifetime best on his way to silver in the 100m Backstroke.
Craig McNally, studying Accountancy at Heriot-Watt University, finished behind Bennett and just outside the medals in the 100m Backstroke, but it was a role reversal in the 200m Backstroke where McNally took the bronze.
There were further impressive performances from Stirling student Ross Muir, who set personal best times in all four events he raced in, including slashing two seconds off his time in the 200m Breaststroke.
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