Swimmer Lucy Walkup is in preparation for the World Deaf Championships taking place in Texas later this year.
Up until last year, Lucy, from Glenrothes, was a member of Carnegie Swimming Club and was coached by John Szaranek.
Under his guidance Lucy qualified for her first Deaflympics in Bulgaria and achieved a fourth place finish in her favoured 50m breaststroke.
Lucy has now left Auchmuty High School and moved to Stirling University to study for a BSC in Sports and Exercise Science and has continued her performance swimming career as a member of Stirling Swimming Club with new coach Kerry Wood.
Lucy has now returned to a seven session weekly programme in a new swimming environment and the transition has been challenging.
2015 is however a new year and the very talented and exceptionally committed young Fife swimmer hopes to return to her best form in preparation for the World Championships in Texas in August.
Lucy is loving university life and believes that she has settled well into her studies and her training is beginning to take shape.
Towards the end of 2014 Lucy chalked up some excellent performances including a very impressive 200m individual medley at the DSE Open.
Lucy also turned in quality performances at the British Universities Championships and Scottish Nationals.
Her priorities at the moment are to regain the level of fitness she had last year with Carnegie SC and ensure that her level of performance is all that it can be.
In the period ahead she has a British Universities Long Course Championships, a major meet in Ireland being facilitated by Scottish Swimming and the British Deaf Championships, where she has an outstanding track record.
Lucy will focus on her main events in the lead up to the World Championships and she is confident that her new coach Kerry Wood will help her to maintain her position as one of the world’s leading deaf swimmers.
As a specialist breaststroker, the young Disability Sport Fife member hopes that she will reach the final in all her breaststroke events in the USA and she is aiming for a podium finish in the 50m breaststroke.
Lucy is a most determined high performance swimmer with an outstanding track record locally, nationally and internationally - you wouldn’t bet against this young student achieving her goals.