Stefan lifts the cup on his last swim

Stefan Hoggan
Stefan Hoggan

Local swimmers were amongst those making a splash for Scotland at the recent British Gas Short Course Disability Swimming Championships at Manchester Aquatic Centre.

For the first time, this year the championships were a combined junior and senior event.

There were six Disability Sport Fife high performance swimmers in the strong Scottish team.

Commonwealth Games Para sport swimmer Craig Rodgie from Dalgety Bay, and the Edinburgh University swim team, was again in record breaking form when he regained the Scottish record for S14 100m Freestyle in a time of 56.74.

Lucy Walkup, now based at Stirling University, won gold in her favoured 100m breaststroke and during the championships she was named in the GB team for the World Deaf championships in San Antonio, Texas in 2015.

Yet another wonderful representative honour for the Fife swimmer.

Stefan Hoggan from Auchtermuchty was appearing for the final time at the championships following 10 years of significant contributions to the Scottish team.

Stefan signed off by winning gold in S9 100m butterfly and a further two silver medals.

Oliver Carter from Cupar and District SC was voted leading junior at the recent junior Scottish Championships and in Manchester in his age group he won two silver and one bronze medal.

Craig Smith from FINS won an age group bronze medal in 400m freestyle, and on his debut for Team Scotland.

Steven McCormick from FINS won two bronze medals and swam major personal best times.

The six young Fife swimmers helped the Scottish team to an excellent championships winning performance in the team event.

Scotland won the team trophy for the first time in a decade and Stefan Hoggan was selected by his team mates to collect it on behalf of them.

A spokesman for DSF said following the event.

“It was a fitting tribute for his years of service to Team Scotland.

“Stefan is currently reviewing his sport options for the future.”