Thursday, September 22, 2016

Scots make a major contribution to Paralympic swimming success

""The coaching and support network our para-swimmers have access to in Scotland has been crucial to the medal success." Paul Wilson, Disability Performance Development Manager, Scottish Swimming

As all the athletes return home, Scottish Swimming would like to congratulate the Paralympic swimmers, their coaches, support teams and families for the outstanding performances in Rio.

The 2016 Paralympic Games have been among the most successful for British Swimming and once again Scots have played a significant part, bringing home five of the 47 medals won in the pool: silver medals for Abby Kane (S13 100m backstroke), Andy Mullen (S5 50m backstroke) and Scott Quin (SB14 100m breaststroke); and bronze medals for Andrew Mullen (S5 100m, 200m freestyle). Along with Stephen Clegg, all the Scots posted personal best times.  

Scottish Swimming Disability Performance Development Manager, Paul Wilson, commented on the success. He said:

“Medal success on a global scale does not happen overnight. It is down to the commitment, dedication and hard work of the individual athletes and coaches over a number of years, along with the support they receive from their families.

"The coaching and support network our para-swimmers have access to in Scotland has been crucial to the medal success and Scottish Swimming is very proud of the investment we have made at all levels of coaching to help raise the standards and expectations in the sport - the wider support teams provided primarily by the sportscotland institute working in conjunction with the athletes and coaches.

"As one Paralympic cycle ends, a new one begins and our plans for Tokyo are already underway. With strong partnerships with member clubs, volunteers, local authorities, leisure trusts, universities, Scottish Disability Sport, British Para-Swimming and sportscotland, we hope to not only mirror the success of Rio, but to exceed it. We intend to do this through identifying athletes, nurturing their talent and providing them with the same opportunities as their able bodied team-mates. These opportunities include access to training in mainstream programmes with access to performance support staff and an excellent competitive pathway at local, national and international levels.

Scottish Swimming CEO, Forbes Dunlop, added:

“Scottish Swimming’s vision is Everyone can Swim. We hope the performances of our Paralympians will encourage and inspire everyone to get into the pool and enjoy a swim.”

“In particular, we are passionate about all children being given the opportunity to learn to swim and we continue to work with schools, Local Authorities, Leisure Trusts and the Scottish Government to deliver against this ambition.”

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