Thursday, January 29, 2015

National Performance Swimming Championships

“The standard of competition at this event has improved year on year, clearly shown by the number of records and PB’s set at the weekend" Paul Wilson Scottish Swimming’s Disability Performance Development Manage

45 swimmers from across Scotland travelled to the National Swimming Academy at the University of Stirling to compete at the SDS National Short Course Performance Championships on Sunday 25th January.

The event was a huge success and included a number of notable swims from both well-established names and some of Scotland’s emerging talent. With the British Para-Swimming International Meet, which doubles up as the GBR trials, fast approaching this was a great opportunity to finish off the first cycle of the season before the swimmers focus on the long course format.

Andrew Mullen, Scott Quin and Reagan Doig were amongst those competing and all showed that early season preparations have been going well. Mullen (REN96) improved on his own European record in the S5 50m Backstroke posting 38.20s. Doig (Perth City) also improved on her own time to set a new Scottish Record in the S14 100m Butterfly (1:10.11s). Other Scottish Records were set by Kayleigh Haggo (South Ayrshire ST) in the S5 classification, Beth Johnston of B.E.S.T. and Stephen Clegg of East Lothian ST (Full details below).

With Glasgow 2015 IPC Swimming World Championships being held in Tollcross in July it’s a crucial year for disability swimming in Scotland. Scottish Swimming’s Disability Performance Development Manager, Paul Wilson, had high praise for this event and said,

 “The standard of competition at this event has improved year on year, clearly shown by the number of records and PB’s set at the weekend. The partnership between Scottish Disability Sport and Scottish Swimming is paying dividends as we continue to increase the number of swimmers qualifying for this event.

“We’ve had some strong swims from the younger swimmers this year and it’s great to see the likes of Kayleigh (Haggo) and Beth (Johnston) progressing, I’m really looking forward to BPSIM in March to see if they can move those times on again.”

European Record

Andrew Mullen S5 50m Backstroke

Scottish Records

Kayleigh Haggo SB4 100m Breaststroke

Beth Johnston S10 100m Backstroke

Beth Johnston SM10 200m IM

Reagan Doig S14 100m Butterfly

Stephen Clegg S13 50m Freestyle

Stephen Clegg S13 100m Backstroke

Stephen Clegg S13 100m Butterfly

The event hosted a total of 351 swims, with 81 achieving Personal Bests (23%). 

For more information on the National Performance Swimming Championships please contact Cheryl Willet - SDS Regional Development Manager (Central) / Phone: 07577 830360

The British Para-Swimming International Meet will take place at the Tollcross International Swimming Centre, Glasgow from 26 - 29 March. This competition will act as the qualification event for the IPC Swimming World Championships in Glasgow in July. For more information on this event please click here

The IPC Swimming World Championships will take place at Tollcross International Swimming Centre from 13-19 July. For more information on this event please click here