Kirkcaldy woman ready to play a key role at European Games

Lindsay Lewis will manage the Team GB swimmers at the European Games in Baku. Pic -  FIFE PHOTO AGENCY -
Lindsay Lewis will manage the Team GB swimmers at the European Games in Baku. Pic - FIFE PHOTO AGENCY -

Little did Lindsay Lewis know that when she started volunteering at her local swimming club that it would one day lead her to become Team GB manager at a huge international event.

But that is exactly the position the Kirkcaldy woman finds herself in as she prepares to lead a team of swimmers to the inaugural European Games in Baku, Azerbaijan, next week.

Over 6000 athletes from 50 European countries will compete in the prestigious multi-sport event between June 12 and 28 with GB sending its largest overseas contingent since the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

It will run along similar lines to an Olympic or Commonwealth Games – Asia has already been holding its equivalent games every four years since 1951, alongside the Pan-American Games.

Lindsay (45), was selected by British Swimming after performing a similar role at the 2014 European Junior Championships in Netherlands, and she is excited to be playing a key behind-the-scenes role in the historic first ever European Games.

“It’s an absolutely massive event and it’s amazing to be part of it,” she explained.

“We went down to Birmingham two weeks ago to get the GB kit with the Olympic rings on it, which was an amazing experience in itself.

“I’ve done international swimming events and been abroad on training camps but this is on a bigger scale.”

Lindsay’s job will be to look after a team of 24 GB swimmers, aged between 14 and 18, with many representing GB at a multi-sport event for the first time.

“My job is basically just to look after the swimmers and make sure they are in the right places at the right time,” she said.

“I’ll also be helping them deal with the media side of things because there’s been a lot of interest.”

Lindsay has been part of the Fife swimming scene since she was young and it continues to be a huge part of her family life.

She’s a coach with Kirkcaldy-based club Fins, along with her husband Ian, while her two children are members.

She also volunteers as an administrator at both regional and national level, while she also helped out at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow last year.

“Life is basically work and swimming,” she said. “I wouldn’t want to hazard a guess at how many hours I put into it!

“It’s a huge commitment but I’ve been lucky enough to get so many opportunities from it.”