Lucy rises to meet her challenges

Back on form - Lucy Walkup
Back on form - Lucy Walkup

The past few months have been a challenge for performance swimmer Lucy Walkup from Glenrothes.

A move from Carnegie SC and John Szaranek to Stirling SC and Kerry Martin was not without its hiccups but Lucy always recognised and appreciated she was transferring from one outstanding coach to another.

Lucy recently received recognition from Kirkcaldy and Central Fife Sports Council when she was voted disabled sports person of the year for the third time in succession.

Scottish Swimming managed the swimming transition process but like all other young people Lucy had to get used to the challenges of leaving home and school to becoming a Stirling University student and living on campus. Lucy has demonstrated in her first major GB swim meet that she is on track and preparing well for the World Deaf Swimming Championships later in the year in the USA.

The GB Deaf Championships are an important occasion to all leading deaf swimmers and invariably Lucy swims well and this year was no exception.

She travelled to Loughborough feeling confident that she was in good shape and she did not disappoint.

Lucy entered 50m and 100m breast and 50m Fly and returned with golds in both breaststroke events and silver in butterfly.

The 100m breaststroke trophy is back in Scotland once again, the seventh consecutive year Lucy has been open breaststroke champion.

Disability Sport Fife is working with the Walkup family to secure financial support for Lucy for the Championships in the USA.

High performance deaf sports people do not receive the equivalent levels of support as their Para sport colleagues and often it falls on families to secure appropriate funds.

Lucy is grateful for the ongoing support she receives.