Oliver continues to make a splash on the big stage

Oliver Carter, of Cupar and District Swimming Club, has been selected to represent Scotland.
Oliver Carter, of Cupar and District Swimming Club, has been selected to represent Scotland.

Cupar Swimming Club’s Oliver Carter has proved himself to be one of the nation’s best up and coming in-pool sportsmen.

Oliver (13)travelled to Sheffield recently to compete for Scotland’s disability swimming squad in the National Junior and Youth Swimming Championships.

The Bell Baxter High pupil was selected for the Scotland squad last year and has recently become a member of the Scottish talent programme.

This initiative identifies athletes who possess the potential to progress on to a British para-swimming world class programme within a two-year period, or to represent Great Britain on the world stage.

He competed in numerous swims over the two day event, with the highlight being his backstroke performance in the 4 x 100m individual medley relay with the team picking up a silver medal.

In individual events, Oliver swam incredibly well and also picked up a further bronze medal in the 100m breaststroke much to his delight.

Speaking of the experience, Oliver said that the event had gone as well as he could have hoped.

He said: “Travelling with the squad to Sheffield was a fantastic experience.

“The facilities there were excellent and I enjoyed the opportunity to represent Scotland against teams from across the country.

“The relay race was truly exciting and I am extremely proud to have been part of the squad who secured the silver medal.”

Mark Laing, head coach at Cupar and District Swimming Club, said was proud of the youngster’s achievements, adding that his dedication to the sport was now beginning to pay off.

He said: “Ollie is a swimmer who dedicates himself to his sport, possessing real drive and determination to do his best.

“His selection to the Scotland squad is a reflection of how highly he is rated at national level and I am confident that last weekend is the beginning of a long and successful swimming career for him.”

Later the same week at the Fife Disability Championships, held on Friday, March 7 at the Michael Woods Centre in Glenrothes, Oliver competed in four races where he went on to win gold in the 100m IM and 50m fly and silver medals in the 50m backstroke and 50m freestyle

This reinforces his position as one of the counties most talented up and coming disability swimmers.