Rotary dive in to support teen Ollie

Anne Tait, Ollie Carter, Jim Slater, Martin Hunter, Richard Brickley, Kirsty Brunton and Derek Thomson
Anne Tait, Ollie Carter, Jim Slater, Martin Hunter, Richard Brickley, Kirsty Brunton and Derek Thomson

Ollie Carter looks set to continue making waves in the swimming pool after he was this week given financial backing from the Rotary Club.

Rotary has built up a strong relationship with Disability Sport Fife over the past couple of decades with Rotarians supporting its efforts to develop sport for participants of all ages and abilities with a physical, sensory or learning disability.

DSF and Fife Rotary Clubs have now come together in a new initiative which will provide support for individual athletes who have demonstrated performance potential in sport.

Individual Rotary clubs make a contribution to a central fund which is dispensed by the Association of Fife Rotary Clubs.

Each year three bursaries will be awarded to individual disabled sports participants identified by DSF from east, west and central Fife.

Ollie is the youngest of this year’s recipients.

The 15-year-old, a pupil at Bell Baxter HS, was introduced to performance disability swimming through Cupar and District Swimming Club before moving to Carnegie Swimming Club for extra training time in his efforts to gain selection one day for Great Britain.

In 2014 Ollie was voted top swimmer at the Scottish Junior Swimming Championships and at the equivalent event in 2015 he won five open individual titles.

Ollie is identified as one of Scotland’s most promising junior physically disabled swimmers and with input from local support personnel he is improving with every competition.

Each Rotary bursary of £250 will be used by the athletes to help further their career in performance sport.

DSF is fiercely proud of its long standing partnership with the Rotary International organisation and the edition of the annual sports bursaries is a most welcome new funding strand for athletes and players with a physical, sensory or learning disability involved in sport.

Swimmer Kirsty Brunton from Dalgety Bay and bowler Martin Hunter from Burntisland were the other Fife athletes to be given a Rotary bursary.