Sunday, April 24, 2016

12 year old Abby Kane Secures Qualifying Standard for Rio

“It was a bit scary being out there against the really good swimmers, but they pushed me and it helped.” Abby Kane

12 year old Abby Kane of Ren 96 stole the show tonight as the British Para Swimming International Meet continued at Tollcross International Swimming Centre in Glasgow where British athletes are in action, competing for places on the ParalympicsGB team for Rio in September.

Kane (S13), who is coached by Sharon McIntyre at Ren96, had posted the qualifying time in March during the Dave McCullagh Meet, but knew she had to do it here in Glasgow, and that she did, both in the heats and during the final, breaking the British Record on both occasions too.

Her heat time was 1:11.92, her time in the finals was 1:11.92, which gave her 844 points, and the youngster was delighted. She said,

“It was a bit scary being out there against the really good swimmers, but they pushed me and it helped.”

One of those swimmers was Hannah Russell, someone that Abby has looked up to. She continued,

“This morning Hannah (Russell) was really, really good at keeping me calm. She kept talking to me and it really helped. Neither of us knew how we’d got on at the end of that race and it was just lovely to have someone like her sharing a moment with me.”

Come September while Abby’s friends will be getting back into the routine of school, had Abby ever allowed herself to consider she may be jetting off to Rio. She finished by saying,

“I definitely did not think about the Paralympics this year. In the back of my head I was hoping I might be in with a chance of Tokyo in four years’ time, but the possibility of Rio is just amazing. “

Her coach McIntyre was also very pleased and said,

“It’s excellent. She’s worked extremely hard, has a great attitude in training and it’s paid off.  We’ve been doing a lot of endurance based work, no real taper because of her age, she’s put in the work and here we are.

“We’ve also not allowed ourselves to get carried away with any talk of Rio.  We speak before the race about her being relaxed and swimming fast and I will be asking her to do the same for the rest of the week in her other events.”

Stephen Clegg of East Lothian Swim Team was also back in action in the 100m backstroke. Like Kane he broke the British Record in the heats and did so again in his final, finishing in a time of 1:02.25 which gave him 867 points and was within a 2% consideration time for Rio. He said,

“I’m a little disappointed that I didn’t get the time. It’s within 2% but know I’ve a few things I need to work on. I’ve still got 2 more events this week including the 50m free which I’ve really come along with so I’m hoping I can still post some consideration times and be in the mix.”


Other Scottish swimmers competing tonight were:

Beth Johnston (BEST) – S10 MC 100m Backstroke: 1:22.42 (510 points)

Toni Shaw (COAST) – S10 MC 100m Backstroke: 1:18.42 (592 points)

Kayleigh Haggo (South Ayrshire) – S5 MC 50m Backstroke


Full results from the meet can be found here:

The event schedule can be found here:

Both heats and finals are being live streamed. Follow all the action here:

The British Para-Swimming International Meet is taking place at Tollcross International Swimming Centre from 23rd to 27th April.