Six junior swimmers with a physical or sensory impairment competed at the 2013 Scottish Junior Championships, organised by Scottish Disability Sport at Grangemouth Sports Complex.
Fife’s leading swimmer of the present time is 16-year-old Lucy Walkup, from Glenrothes and Carnegie Swimming Club, who was involved in a number of exciting races with fellow GB team-mate Danielle Joyce from the West of Scotland.
Lucy’s top performance was a new Scottish 50m breaststroke record time of 35.56, when she touched ahead of Danielle to improve her own Scottish record.
In three other events, Lucy finished behind Danielle but swam three personal best times, in an outstanding series of performances by the young Auchmuty HS pupil.
Craig Smith from Glenrothes swims with Kirkcaldy club FINS and is easing his way back into competitive swimming after a significant amount of time out of the pool because of lower limb surgery.
Craig is improving with every competition and his major mark at Grangemouth was breaking the 1:20.00 mark for 100m freestyle for the first time, by recording 1:18.06 and swimming personal best in all his races.
Fellow FINS swimmer Steven McCormick from Kirkcaldy, at 12 years of age, is one of the most promising of the emerging young Fife swimmers.
Steven broke 50 seconds for his 50m freestyle for the first time in 49.94 and recorded several personal best times in all his other races. Steven is one certainly to watch for the future.
The three young novice members of the Fife team were Cameron Hemphill from Ladybank (10), Kerys Ballard from Dunfermline (7) and Robbie Ovenstone from Kirkcaldy (8). All these young swimmers were swimming in their first National Junior Championships and their performances on the day exceeded their entry times by quite a margin.
Disability Sport Fife is rebuilding its squad in conjunction with the Fife Sports and Leisure Trust and Fife Swimming Clubs.
The success of the young swimmers at Grangemouth is a clear indication that there are young swimmers with the talent and commitment to make their mark on the competition pathway.