Fly success for Kilgraston pupil in Scottish Schools Swimming Championships
A Kilgraston pupil was busy competing at the prestigious Scottish Schools Swimming Championships at Tollcross in Glasgow on 26 January – bringing home a superb result.
Katherine B swam two races, the 100m Fly and later the 200m Fly, in which she achieved a hard-earned bronze.
This is great news for Katherine who was representing Kilgraston and trains at the school’s pool and with her club, Perth Swim Club. In addition this success, Katherine also broke the Midland District record for the 100m Fly long course.
Director of Sport, Pauline Stott MBE said: “Katherine has developed into an outstanding swimmer and this is down to determination, dedication and focus. The training, both in the water and on the land, can at times be all-consuming and this whilst juggling her considerable Academic work at Kilgraston. She is driven to succeed and her butterfly especially is improving with every race.”
Mrs Stott continued: “I work with Katherine on a weekly basis, when we discuss handling pressure and keeping her concentration when there are distractions to ensure she is clear on her race tactics and outcomes. A star in the making and we wish her all the best.”
Commenting on her achievement, Katherine said: “This was my first time at the SSSC and I am delighted to bring home a medal. I was also thrilled to break my PB in the 100m too, taking off a second. I’m looking forward to the Bangor International meet next month when I’m doing Fly 50, 100 and 200m, Free 200 and 400m and the 200 and 400m individual medley.”
She continued: “Swimming is a tough physical and mental sport so it is vital to have a strong, dedicated team around you. It demands the right mind-set so you must be able to deal with, and bounce back from, disappointments. Mrs Stott, together with Ann Dickson from Perth Swim Club, have given me a great deal of encouragement and support. I couldn’t do it without them!”
The Brodies Scottish Schools Swimming Championships allow pupils at primary and secondary schools an opportunity to represent their school and compete to become the national school champion in a range of age groups and events. Pupils attending certain college courses are also eligible to participate in the 17 and over age group. These championships traditionally take place on the last Saturday in January in one of Scotland’s long course swimming pools.
Scotland is divided into a number of geographical areas to allow a large number of participants throughout Scotland. Each area has the choice of organising time trials or in some of the larger areas school championships. This gives areas the autonomy to choose what fits the specific needs of the many different geographical areas.
A set of qualifying standards are set by the organising committee and each area is allowed to submit a maximum of three swimmers per event provided they have acquired the set time. These trials take place between September and December and the finalists are then notified early January. Medals are awarded to the first 3 in each event and there is also an overall top performance award in each boys and girls age group. The award is based on FINA points with points being assigned based on each swimmer’s best time.
Below is a link to Katherine’s 200m Fly race – minute 39 shows Katherine in her race, while minute 48 shows her receiving the bronze medal, with the commentator mentioning her: “Good swim there and from Kilgraston” together with her “happy, smiling face!”
Katherine is pictured receiving her medal at the end of the day.
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