Euan’s African odyssey

Euan Johnston (right) and Richard Angus ahead of last week's swimming lesson with the young Sharks.
Euan Johnston (right) and Richard Angus ahead of last week's swimming lesson with the young Sharks.
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LIKE many other 18-year-olds in Scotland, Euan Johnston had to wait until last week before his Higher results arrived – and not by text either, but through the post.

The worry, however, did not influence the former Selkirk High School pupil, who stays in Lilliesleaf, in his decision to spend the previous month in Kenya teaching swimming lessons.

“It was a great experience,” he said, as he now looks forward to his study time at the West of Scotland University, based in Hamilton, to become a sports coaching officer.

“I always wanted to teach swimming and that was one of the reasons that I took on work at the Selkirk Leisure Centre as a ‘casual’ during the summer.

“I have been able to coach as well, and it has been great fun passing on swimming lessons at the weekly club.”

Euan may return to Kenya in the future, but the last month has widened his mind and, at the same time, helped others from other nations.

Euan stayed with a host family in Mombassa and joined the ‘Tracking Beginners’ course in teaching youngsters between the ages of two and 13.

“It is something that I always wanted to do and would do it again if I had the opportunity,” he added. “I also felt that I helped others to gain extra skills and boost their confidence.

“I have to say, though, that it was a relief, too, to pass my exams and get into university.”

Euan will still be working at the pool before he heads off to Hamilton, where he will turn to a new and challenging career.