Plenty reasons for Hope ahead of Lucy’s Euro debut

Lucy Hope is helped out of Galashiels Swimming Pool by Ewan Jackson, chief executive of borders sport and leisure trust.
Lucy Hope is helped out of Galashiels Swimming Pool by Ewan Jackson, chief executive of borders sport and leisure trust.

Kelso swimmer Lucy Hope prepared for her European Junior Championships debut with seven gold medals at the East District Open.

The three-day event at the Commonwealth Pool in Edinburgh also incorporated the Scottish Grand Prix, and attracted Olympic swimmers such as Hannah Miley, Robbie Renwick, Liam Tancock and Fran Halsall.

But in the East section, 16-year-old Hope, who was competing in a new £300 racing suit paid for by Borders Sport and Leisure Trust, claimed two senior titles in the 100m back and fly.

And she added a further five wins in the junior section.

Hope heads for Poland next month as part of the Great Britain junior squad following selection back in March.

Borders Elite Swim Team coach Alex Jordan said: “It will be a great experience for her and we are indebted to BSLT for rewarding her GB selection by paying for the new racing suit.”

Fellow Kelso swimmers Kirsty Armstrong and Ryan Brown also impressed last weekend in the Scottish capital.

Fifteen-year-old Brown took gold in the 200m back, medley and fly, as well as the 400m medley in the juniors, while Armstrong was first in the senior 200m fly, despite being only 13, and also won the 100m and 200m fly in the junior section.

Other Borders competitors were Gregor and Kathryn Swinney from Peebles and Kelso pair Robbie Czajka and Lizi Clelland.