Ladybank swimmer Cameron Hemphill hasn’t looked back since being introduce to Disability Sport Fife by physiotherapist Joyce Cummings in 2013.
The second year Bell Baxter pupil initially swam for an hour with Anna Tizzard at the Wednesday DSF session at the Michael Woods Sports and Leisure Centre before joining Cupar and District Swimming Club 18 months later in 2015. DSF secured a classification for Cameron through Scottish Swimming in 2016 and he was then called up for national junior squad training.
Cameron travelled to Manchester in December 2016 with the Scottish squad for the British National Paraswimming Championships and when he returned a meeting was set up with DSF to look at increasing training time.
This resulted in a move to INCAS and coach Garrie Roberts for four sessions per week in addition to his single DSF session with Anna.
Like every novice swimmer who wants to be a performance swimmer Cameron made steady progress from late 2013 through to early 2016.
His 25 metres backstroke dropped from 42.07 to 28.87.
His 25 metres freestyle time was 37.91 when he started out but at the DSF Championships in March 2016 he had a PB for 50 metres of 58.91.
Because Cameron has a hemiplegia and has a weakness in an arm and leg on one side of his body he has always looked upon breaststroke as his third stroke.
In early 2016 he had a PB for 50 metres breaststroke of 1.24.94.
At the recent Scottish Disability Sport Performance Gala Cameron recorded PBs across all strokes.