Swim starlet Lucy set for Russian expedition with GB Deaf Team

Lucy (right) being presented with the Kirkcaldy and Central Fife disabled sports award for the second year running.
Lucy (right) being presented with the Kirkcaldy and Central Fife disabled sports award for the second year running.

Lucy Walkup from Glenrothes has been selected for the GB Deaf Team for the 11th European Swimming Championships, which take place in Saransk, Russia, in June.

The Auchmuty High School pupil is a member of the Scottish Youth Development Squad and Carnegie Swimming Club, where she is coached by John Szaranek.

Following on from significant performance progress last year, Lucy has maintained momentum into 2014 with some very special performances at the Scottish Swimming Short Course Nationals in Glasgow.

Lucy swam 100m Fly in 1:13.26 and 100m Breast in 1:19.75 for a personal best time and a split of 36.55 for a Scottish Deaf Record.

She continued with a 50m Free time of 29.70, 200m Breast 2:53.57 and 50m Breast in 36.76. Lucy’s 50m Fly time of 31.73 was another personal best and another Scottish Short Course Deaf Record.

Lucy was also recently involved down south at the GB Deaf Championships in Loughborough, where she won two gold, one silver and three bronze medals.

Lucy is a very committed member of Disability Sport Fife who consistently turns out quality performances on the big occasions.

She has certainly been ‘Miss Consistency’ over the past couple of seasons, following on from her first appearance for Team GB at the Deaflympics in Bulgaria.

The European Championships will be another major test for the young Fife swimmer but, if focus and commitment determine winners, then Lucy will be in line for another series of personal best performances.

Lucy was recently voted Kirkcaldy and Central Fife Sports Council Disabled Athlete of the Year for the second year in succession.