Medal hauls ends year in some style

Step Rock Swimming Club's Anna Hedley.
Step Rock Swimming Club's Anna Hedley.

A magnificent end to the year saw Step Rock swimmers surpass their coaches’ expectations at the Carnegie Mini-Sprint Meet in Dunfermline.

The event was an opportunity for many of the younger members of the club to try events for the first time – a good examination of their technique developed in training over the past year.

Taking advantage of being one of the most experienced swimmers in her nine-and-under age group was Anna Hedley who, in taking gold in 25m butterfly and 50m freestyle, and silver in 100m individual medley and 50m backstroke and breaststroke, won the ‘best girl’ award in her age group at the event.

Anna racked up a total of seven medals as, together with Mirren Bell (8), Charlie Gillespie (8) and Harry Paul (9), she won a team silver in the freestyle relay and with Charlie, Harry and her sister Isla (8), she won a team bronze in the medley relay.

Mirren and Isla swam well in their individual events, winning fifth and sixth place ribbons in butterfly; Mirren also gaining a sixth in her first ever 100m IM, and a fourth place in 50m freestyle.

Harry, also with fifth and sixth place ribbons, showed his prowess across all strokes, as did Hamish Noble, smashing his PB in the 100m IM.

Battling it out in the 10-year olds group were Emily Malcomson, Caelan Laesecke, Josie Bell, Aidan Marr, and Anna Dall.

Emily tackled the 100m freestyle for the first time, winning a fifth place ribbon as well as a hard-earned bronze in the 50m butterfly.

Aidan also came home with several ribbons, and PBs in 50m backstroke and 100m freestyle.

Josie Bell showed what determination in training can do with a remarkable 18sec PB in her 100m IM, and a fourth place in 50m butterfly.

Isaac Laker, Oliver Withers, Mairi Noble, Rachel Gibbins, Lauren Tyson and Gillian Henderson represented the Club in the 11-year old category.

Mairi put injury aside to win bronze in the 50m breaststroke along with three fourth place finishes.

Lauren and Rachel both achieved long-awaited ‘flash’ times, taking ribbons in the process.

Isaac and Oliver have a great camaraderie and rivalry that is seeing them reach new heights every time they compete and can look forward to more of the same in the forthcoming months.

Rachel, Isaac, Emily and Oliver took Step Rock’s final medal – a bronze in the freestyle relay.