Swimmer Kirsty in Olympic Games bid

0912033 SSHC kirsty simpson 'Kirsty Simpson - Bell Baxter pupil who will be attempting to qualify for the London 2012 Olympics - at Bell Baxter HS, Cupar
0912033 SSHC kirsty simpson 'Kirsty Simpson - Bell Baxter pupil who will be attempting to qualify for the London 2012 Olympics - at Bell Baxter HS, Cupar

CUPAR swimmer Kirsty Simpson will make her bid for Olympic qualification this weekend.

The 15-year-old Bell Baxter pupil is competing in the 100m backstroke on Sunday at the British Gas Swimming Championships, which are acting as the main selection competition for London 2012.

Kirsty, who turns 16 this month, will also swim in the 200m backstroke next Thursday at the London Aquatics Centre in Olympic Park.

All finals during the event can be watched live via the BBC red button from 6.25pm, with a highlights package on BBC One at 1pm on Saturday, March 10.

SUPPORT

Kirsty is seeking sponsorship through Scottish Swimming’s ‘Back a Rising Star’ programme, which enables individuals, community groups and companies to donate funds — anything from £100 to £10,000 a year — to support the country’s top athletes.

Travel, accommodation, training and equipment costs amount to around £10,000 a year for a swimmer at Kirsty’s level.

An age group record holder over various distances, former Castlehill Primary School pupil Kirsty has represented her country in a number of competitions and also hopes to qualify for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

More information on the sponsorship scheme is available online at http://www.scottishswimming.com/index/back-a-rising-star