Friday, April 11, 2014

Tollcross Tri Nations set to inspire the country to swim

"Swimming is a great way to keep fit, relieve stress and have fun with your family." Kevin Roxburgh, Managing Director Scottish Gas

Tollcross International Swimming Centre in Glasgow played host to a Tri Nations Swimming event on Friday 11th April 2014, aimed at inspiring the Country to swim, ahead of a busy summer of sport in the city.

The event, supported by Scottish Gas, will see 150 swimmers aged between 10-18 years from clubs in Scotland, England and Wales competing in fun, pool based events, which will be presented by Olympic Bronze medallist, Steve Parry of Total Swimming.

Kevin Roxburgh: Managing Director of Scottish Gas said of the event,

“As a business we are passionate about supporting our people and our customers to invest in their wellbeing. Swimming is a great way to keep fit, relieve stress and have fun with your family. It is wonderful to see some of Britain’s brightest new swimming talent having the opportunity to compete in the Commonwealth pool during the British Championships and getting to rub shoulders with Britain’s elite swimmers.”

Steve Parry: Managing Director of Total Swimming said of the event,

‘I’m really excited to be involved in this event. For the young swimming stars of the future, getting the opportunity to swim in the Commonwealth venue is fantastic. This is going to be a really inspirational day for the clubs and swimmers involved, especially when getting the chance to meet their heroes and one day follow in their footsteps.

The Scottish team, made up from club swimmers from Milngavie & Bearsden and South Ayrshire, will be led by Andy Hunter, Commonwealth freestyle relay silver medallist at both the 2006 Melbourne and 2010 Delhi Games. Andy said of the event,

“This is a fantastic event to be part of. Good to see Scottish Swimming, Scottish Gas and Total Swimming working on new, innovative ways to engage the younger generations into competing  and having fun in the sport.”

The English team from City of Derby will be led by their head coach, Mel Marshall, England’s most decorated female athlete ever at a Commonwealth Games, winning 6 medals in one single games. Melanie said of the event:

“This is a great participation event and great for my club, City of Derby, to be part of.  It’s good for the younger swimmers to be involved in a wider reaching part of the British Championships. There’s a real buzz amongst the competitors, coming to this fantastic venue where they can not only cheer on their club mates at the Championships but themselves take part in the Tollcross Tri Nations.”

 The Welsh team from Wrexham Swimming Club will be led by double Olympic medallist David Davies who retired from competitive swimming after competing for Team GB at the London Olympic Games in 2012. David said of the event,

“This is a new experience for me and I’m delighted to be leading the Welsh team in what promises to be an exciting and more importantly fun event. I’m sure it will be a great event and will inspire the youngsters to get involved in the sport for the long term.”

In attendance and supporting the event, helping to inspire those taking part, were double Olympic Gold Medallist, Rebecca Adlington, with commentary provided by four times World Champion Karen Pickering and Commonwealth Champion Ross Davenport.

In a closely fought contest it was the home team from Scotland who came away triumphant beating old rivals England by just one point. The final scores were: Scotland 88, England 87, Wales 66.