KINROSS Otters swimmer Cameron Nelson won a fantastic broze medal at the Scottish schools national swimming finals held at East Kilbride.
Otters had two members taking part – Cameron, representing Kinross High School in the 13-14 year old boys’ 100m butterfly, and Finlay Nesbitt representing Kinross Primary School in the 12 and under boys’ 50m freestyle.
It was Cameron who stole the limelight with another superb performance of power, pace and timing.
He was ranked fourth coming into the final and by the halfway point it looked like this is what he would have to settle for as he was half a second adrift of the third placed swimmer.
However, Cameron had other ideas and maintained his powerful swim right until the end, easily overhauling the third placed swimmer and holding off other challengers to claim the bronze medal by over a second in a new personal best long course time of 1.09.15.
That ranks him third fastest 13-year-old boy at this stroke and distance in Scotland.
To say Cameron had a beaming smile as he looked up at the electronic screen for confirmation would be an understatement!
Cameron is only the third Otter ever to win a medal at these national championships, emulating Laura Manson and Cameron McCloskey from 2010.
In first place came Cameron Finlayson from Currie High School who led from start to finish in a lightning quick 1.05.67.
Second was Ross Hughes from Ardrossan Academy in 1.07.94.
Finlay Nesbitt acquitted himself admirably despite being right up against it.
Qualifying 12th quickest he smashed his personal best in 33.63 secs finishing 12th, but only 0.04 secs off 11th.