Stefan set to smash swimming record

Stefan Hoggan
Stefan Hoggan

AUCHTERMUCHTY swimmer Stefan Hoggan is aiming to banish the disappointment of not making the cut for London 2012 by smashing the British 100m butterfly record.

Hoggan’s hopes of performing the butterfly leg of the team medley at the Paralympics were dashed three weeks ago when selectors informed him he was surplus to requirements.

But the 19-year-old, who has shaved almost three seconds off his PB for the discipline since the start of the season, is targeting the National Youth Championships in July as the stage to show the British team what they’re missing.

His personal best of 1min 4.65secs is just two tenths of a second off the record and the Carnegie Swimming Club ace believes he can knock of the necessary splits in Sheffield.

“This season has gone really well,” said Hoggan, who was born with his lower right arm missing.

“I went down to the Paralympic trials in London and swam amazingly. I did massive PBs in the heats and then smashed them again in the finals.

“I came top in my S9 physical disability class and in the top three overall, but I don’t know where I finished exactly as the scoring is very complicated.

“But unfortunately I found out just a couple of weeks ago that I was not successful in making the medley team.

“However if I get the British record, which is 1min 4.46secs, I will be over the moon but it still won’t cover up missing out on the Paralympics.”

Before arriving at Carnegie, Hoggan, who benefits from being on the Bank of Scotland Local Heroes programme, was based at the Glenrothes Swimming Club.

But the switch has brought a far more rigorous training routine and Hoggan is revelling in the extra hours under the tutelage of John Szeranek.

“Since I moved to Carnegie I’ve upped my training by nine hours a week,” he added.

“I was doing eight hours a week but I decided I needed to make some serious changes.

“One of the things I’ve done with Carnegie is fly to Feurteventura for an intensive training camp and I think that set me up for the season.”

n Bank of Scotland National School Sport Week took place from June 11-15 and is Scotland’s biggest school sport event, with nearly 2000 schools and half a million pupils taking part, staging their own Games. Find out more at www.schoolsportweekscotland.org