FIVE Disability Sport Fife (DSF) members including Auchtermuchty’s Stefan Hoggan, participated in the second Scottish Regional Swimming Gala held at the National Academy in Stirling.
The gala was added to the national programme of swimming events to offer Scotland’s leading disability swimmers the opportunity to swim events with electronic timing in preparation for major national and international competitions ahead.
Stefan Hoggan from Auchtermuchty and Carnegie SC swam 100 metres butterfly in 1:09.00, 50 metres freestyle in 29.64 and 100 metres freestyle in 1:05.98.
Stefan’s performances set him up for the Scottish Swimming Championships and offered him the opportunity to check his current form.
Craig Rodgie from Dalgety Bay and the Edinburgh University SC swam a 200 metres freestyle time in 2:10.27 which helped him prepare for the IPC European Championships in Berlin.
Craig is a member of the DSF Futures Squad and has fought his way back into the British Team for the European Championships. Progress over the past few months for Scotland’s leading swimmer with a learning disability has been excellent and has an eye on the Paralympic Games in London in 2012.
Lucy Walkup from Glenrothes and Glenrothes SC is scheduled to compete for Great Britain at the World Deaf Championships in Portugal in August and her performances of 1:24.04 for 100 metres breast stroke, 2:47.16 for 200 metres individual medley, 1:07.84 for 100 metres freestyle and 1:22.01 for 100 metres backstroke confirmed that she is very much in form.
Lucy is ready for the her greatest to date in international swimming.
Lucy and her family are indebted to the many individuals and organisations that have supported Lucy financially for her trip to the World championships
The other two DSF members who participated in the gala were Craig Smith from Glenrothes and Glenrothes SC who swam 100 metres breast stroke in 2:32.42 and set a personal best time by 14 secs; 100 metres freestyle in 1:32.86 and set a personal best time by 21 secs; 100 metres backstroke in 2:37.30 and set a personal best time by 8 secs.
Young Craig is one of the emerging physically disabled swimmers in Fife and DSF is hopeful that he will follow in the footsteps of great Fife swimmers of the past.
John Hick from Glenrothes and the Fife Sports Institute swam 50 metres butterfly in 42.85, 100 metres freestyle in 1:26.62 and 100 metres backstroke in 1:51.81 much to the satisfaction of his coach Anna Tizzard.
A very successful day’s swimming for the DSF swimmers and an opportunity to gauge their form in the lead up to major Championships at home and overseas.