Lochaber pupils in the swim

The Oban Times - - SPORT -

LOCHABER Leisure Cen­tre swim team had a to­tal of 37 swim­mers com­pet­ing at the an­nual High­land schools event in In­ver­ness on Novem­ber 2. There were rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the lo­cal pri­mary schools as well as Ard­na­mur­chan and Lochaber High schools.

There was a sur­prise in store for club coach Steven Martin. Over the past two years the club has gone from strength to strength and the to­tal medals won on the day sur­passed his ex­pec­ta­tions.

Two years ago, when the club first com­peted, they man­aged to win two bronze medals. Last year they man­aged to win two gold medals and this year they man­aged to win a very im­pres­sive nine golds, four sil­vers and seven bronzes – a sure sign that Ste­vie’s com­mit­ment, ded­i­ca­tion and many hours spent train­ing his young mo­ti­vated swim­mers is pay­ing off.

On the day there were 23 age group records bro­ken with 12 of these times now stand­ing as new club records. There is also the chance that 12 of these times will now be con­sid­ered for the Scot­tish schools event in Jan­uary of next year.

All in a day’s work for Ste­vie and his ded­i­cated swim team.

Ste­vie has the swim­mers dis­ci­plined, mo­ti­vated and the at­mos­phere he gen­er­ates among the swim­mers is a to­ken of ap­pre­ci­a­tion to him for the num­ber of hours he com­mits to each of the swim­mers whom he has such be­lief in.

Re­sults from the day: gold medal­lists: Alis­tair Tait, Lyall Mor­ris (both from Ard­na­mur­chan High School), Aimee McKay win­ning two golds, Con­nor Cann win­ning two golds, Dora Shep­herd and Jenna MacLean (all from Lochaber High School). Evie-Jay Clark from In­ver­lochy Pri­mary.

Sil­ver medal­lists: Lysol Mor­ris Ard­na­mur­chan, Jack Hamil­ton and Evan Atkin­son (both from Lochaber High),

Photo: ABright­side Pho­tog­prahy

The suc­cess­ful Lochaber Leisure swim team

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