Glenrothes swimmer mixes it with the best in Europe

Lucy Walkup
Lucy Walkup

Glenrothes swimmer Lucy Walkup was part of the Great Britain team which finished just out of the podium places at the European Swimming Championships in Saransk in Russia.

Lucy competed in eight individual events, contesting five individual finals plus three team relays.

Lucy is one of the established members of the GB Deaf Team and she was happy with how she had coped with the challenges of this most recent international competition.

The Disability Sport Fife swimmer is specialist in the breaststroke and in her three breaststroke events she finished in fourth place.

In the 50m and 200m she set personal best times and new British records.

In the 50m breaststroke she missed out on a medal by 0.13 seconds.

Lucy’s final placings in butterfly were 11th in 50m and sixth in 100m.

In her freestyle programme Lucy finished 10th in 50m with a new personal best time and 13th in 100m.

In her final event the 200m IM she was placed seventh.

Lucy was delighted to gain her first team European medal when as a member of Team GB when she finished third in the 4x100m freestyle.

In the other two relays of which she was a member, Team GB finished in fourth place.

In all of her breaststroke events Lucy finished behind the same swimmers from Russia, Belarus and Ukraine indicating how much she has improved as an international competitor.

Each of these three Easter European countries dominates sport for sensory impaired swimmers and Lucy should be fiercely proud of her achievement.

Lucy has thanked those who continue to support her is now looking forward to the World Championships.