Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Kerry Buchan Joins Us for Commonwealth Games Coverage

Kerry Buchan, former International swimmer who represented Scotland in Melbourne 2006 and Delhi 2010, joins Scottish Swimming as part of the team covering the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. Learn more about here below:

Brought up in the tiny little Deeside village of Finzean, I started my swimming journey at age 7 where I joined my local swim team 'Upper Deeside ASC’. At age 13 I was asked to join the South Aberdeenshire Top Squad. It was a 20 mile trip to training everyday but my parents were amazing and willing to help me every step of the way, although I'm pretty sure it was a great feeling once I passed my driving test and could drive myself to training.

I loved training I looked forward to going to training everyday to go see my training partners and I had a big passion to succeed in everything I did and was willing to do everything my coach (Gary Paterson) said to get achieve my goals. In 2004 I qualified for my first Scottish International meet which was the Commonwealth Youth Games held in Bendigo, Australia. I had a great first taste of International competition winning the 100 metre Breaststroke, Silver in the 200Brs and a Bronze in the 4x100medlay. The meet wasn't without disappointment though as I won the 50m Breaststroke but was disqualified. But being disqualified that night made me stronger and it was the next day I got up and won the 100m Gold.

In March 2006 I was part of the amazing swim team in Melbourne reaching the final in the 100 and 200m Breaststroke. This is still my favourite competition I was ever part of, and having 10 members of my family making the trip out to support me was even better. Although when I got home my younger brother was more famous than me having played Flower of Scotland on his bagpipes to the whole stadium for Gregor Tait's medal ceremony.

Later on that year I was part of the British team that competed at the European Championships in Budapest. This was my most successful competition just missing a Bronze medal getting 4th place.

Having narrowly missed the Olympics in 2008 and struggling for motivation I decided I needed a change and decided to make the move down to Edinburgh. I trained in Edinburgh under Chris Jones for two years. Qualifying for my 2nd Commonwealth Games in 2010. Delhi was a totally different experience from Melbourne but holds just as many amazing memories. 

In 2011 I decided to make another change and made the move to Stirling to train under Ian Wright. The last three years in Stirling have been some of the most enjoyable of my Swimming career learning so much about myself and the sport in the last year or two. 

I have been lucky enough to travel all over the world with swimming as my parents fridge shows with all the magnets I brought home from all the different countries.

Outside of the pool I love listening to music whilst walking around the Scottish countryside with my dogs. I am also a big family girl and try and spend as much time with them all as possible. But as you can tell Swimming is my passion and has been since I was 12 years old.