Oliver saves his best for national championships

Oliver Carter
Oliver Carter

Cupar Swimming Club’s Oliver Carter set some lifetime best performances at the recent British National Youth Championships.

The 14-year-old travelled to the Ponds Forge International Swimming Arena in Sheffield where he competed in the frontcrawl.

Oliver qualified from the heats of both the 100m and 400m events, making the finals in both distances and setting lifetime best performances.

His success at the national youth championships have capped a long time series of progression for the Cupar swimmer who burst onto the scene last year.

Speaking of his experience there, Oliver said: “This was a fabulous event to compete at.

“I had spent the previous months competing to achieve the necessary qualifying times which meant I upped the amount and intensity of my training.

“I’m glad to say that all my preparation paid off and racing in two national finals was just an amazing experience.

“I just missed out on a qualifying time which would have made me a candidate for consideration to join the British squad, which has made my determination to succeed even stronger.”

Head coach at Cupar and District Swimming Club, Mark Laing said: “Oliver is pretty much a novice still when it comes to national events, yet he handles the pressure as if he has been doing it for years.

“His training focus is unwavering and making two national finals is just reward for all of the quality hours of training that he gives whilst in the pool.

“He has been selected onto the ‘Next Generation Athlete’ programme for this coming season and I’m confident that his performances will continue to improve.”

Oliver also competed as part of the Scottish Swimming Team at the UK Schools in Manchester, where again he achieved a personal best time in each of his races and won a bronze medal in the 100m backstroke final.

Ollie is a member of the Scottish Talent Programme and a Sports Aid Athlete sponsored by SSE.

His profile can be viewed at the Scottish Swimming website at www.scottishswimming.com and www.sportsaid.org.uk/athletes

Scottish talent programme athletes have been identified as having the potential to progress on to a British Para-Swimming World Class Programme within a two-year period or represent Great Britain on the world stage.