Craig wins a place in School Games squad

Lucy Walkup, Craig Smith and Craig Rodgie
Lucy Walkup, Craig Smith and Craig Rodgie

A GLENROTHES teenager is set to make a splash at a major swimming tournament, reports MIKE DELANEY.

Craig Smith has been selected for the 2012 School Games to be held on 9 May at the London Aquatic Centre.

The 14 year-old attends Glenrothes High School and is a member of FINS Swimming Club.

Disability Sport Fife president, Richard Brickley, said: “This is an appropriate reward for years of consistent progress in swimming for Craig

“He recently moved to FINS following a number of years being coached solely by Anna Tizzard at Fife Institute as part of the Fife disability swimming pathway.

“Competing at the 2012 games will be the sternest test in his career to date. “

Craig is a DSF member and has recorded impressive performances at local, national and Great Britihs championships.

The forthcoming British Junior Championships at Sheffield’s Ponds Forge will be his first major challenge of the season and will set him up perfectly for the games.

They have been running for several years as a major preparation for future young Olympians and Paralympians.

Mr Brickley added: “Selection for one of the Scottish area teams is a key focus for all young aspiring Scottish sports people. The attraction to the disability sport movement in Scotland is that the games are inclusive and offer opportunities for the nation’s leading disabled and non-disabled young sports people to compete as members of the one team.

“Craig is the next in the long line of very talented young Fife disabled swimmers who have progressed along the swimming pathway at the Institute before establishing their home in one of Fife’s mainstream swimming clubs.”