Wednesday, March 5, 2014

DSE 2014 Junior Record Breakers!

"With the British Para-Swimming International Meet coming it’s a great opportunity to experience racing against some of the very best Paralympic athletes from around the world", Disability Performance Development Manager Paul Wilson

The Scottish Junior squad returned from Sheffield following another impressive showing at the (Disabilty Sports Events) DSE Junior & Youth Swimming Championships (1st & 2nd March) at Ponds Forge. The 22 swimmers from across Scotland finished third overall smashing an amazing 6 Scottish, 1 British, 3 European and 3 World Records in the two day meet.

Danielle Joyce (North Ayrshire ASC) was on sparkling form breaking 3 World, 2 European and a British record. Danielle who swims in the S15 classification for Deaf and hearing impaired swimmers competed at her first Deaflympic Championships in Sofia last year. She set new world standards in the 100m Backstroke (1:05.06), 100m IM (1:06.65) and 200m IM (2:22.75) and European standards in the 50m (26.35) and 100m Freestyle (57.72). Danielle, who is coached by Sharon Welsh at North Ayrshire, has shown great improvement over the last 12 months but there is still a feeling that there is much more to come from this talented swimmer from Stevenston and is definitely one to continue to watch in the future.

Andrew Mullen (REN96) was also on record breaking form where he set a new European record in the S5 100m IM (1:28.47) and a Scottish Record in the 50m Freestyle (36.86). The London 2012 Paralympian looks to be on track to secure a spot on the GB team for the upcoming IPC European Championships to be held in Eindhoven in August. REN96 coach Andy Jackson was pleased with the way he competed over the weekend stating “ Andy was aggressive in all his swims which is what we asked for. We had a couple of race skills that we wanted to focus on and he delivered on each of them so we look to be on track for the Euro trials in April.”

Further Scottish Records were set by Fraser Kane of North Ayrshire ASC (S13 50 & 100m Freestyle 27.45 & 1:00.65 respectively), Kayleigh Haggo (Kilmarnock Jets) in the SB4 100m Breaststroke (3:01.90) and Reagan Doig (Perth City ASC) in the S14 200m Free (2:18.78) and S14 100m Fly (1:10.19).

The team spirit from the Scottish swimmers is always a big factor and it’s great to see young and experienced athletes working together as a group. This undoubtably gives great confidence to those younger swimmers who will hopefully strive to achieve in the pool like their team mates ahead of them.

Disability Performance Development Manager Paul Wilson said “It’s always a good meet for us (the DSE Juniors) and I’m encouraged with the younger athletes such as Kayleigh Haggo, Cameron Cox (Upper Deeside ASC), Erraid Davies (Delting Dolphins) and Beth Johnston (Galashiels ASC) coming through. This was the first Junior Championships for 8 of the swimmers on the team and we saw some huge PB’s from the athletes. Hopefully this will give them the confidence to go back to their clubs with a desire to push themselves and focus on the next competition coming up. With the British Para-Swimming International Meet coming to Glasgow’s Tollcross in April (18th-21st) it’s a great opportunity for these guys to experience racing against some of the very best Paralympic athletes from around the world who will be racing right here in Scotland.”

DSE Jnr Team 2014 (4)

(pictured: Back Row L-R Fraser McCulloch, Adam Donnachie, Shannon Crosbie. Front Row L-R Erraid Davies, Beth Johnston)

DSE Jnr Team 2014 (3)

(Pictured L-R: Neil Howie, Adam Scott, Fraser Kane)

Full results available here:

The full Scottish Team:

Kayleigh Haggo (Kilmarnock Jets / South Ayrshire Swim Team)

Laura Pilkington (Broxburn / Swim West Lothian)

Beth Johnston (Galashiels ASC / Lothian Racers)

Erraid Davies (Delting Dolphins)

Reagan Doig (Perth City ASC)

Shannon Crosbie (Swim West Lothian)

Danielle Joyce (North Ayrshire ASC)

Lucy Walkup (Carnegie ASC)

Andrew Mullen (REN 96)

Donald Gray (Teviotdale)

Adam Donnachie (Blantyre ASC)

Adam Scott (Nairn ASC / Highland ST)

Craig Smith (Fins / Fife Performance SS)

Neil Howie (Haddington ASC)

Isaac Dunning (Inverclyde ASC)

Cameron Cox (Upper Deeside / South Aberdeen Swimming)

Oliver Carter (Cupar & District / Fife Performance SS)

Fraser Kane (North Ayrshire ASC)

Craig MacLean (Inverness ASC / Highland ST)

Conner Morrison (Garioch ASC)

Lewis McCulloch (Inverclyde ASC)

Fraser McCulloch (Inverclyde ASC)