Swimmers enjoy national success

Beth Johnston and Finlay Lindores of Galashiels won medals at the Scottish Junior Championships
Beth Johnston and Finlay Lindores of Galashiels won medals at the Scottish Junior Championships

THREE Borders swimmers have starred in national disability championships.

Galashiels’ Beth Johnston, 11, won three golds at the Scottish Junior Championships last month in Grangemouth in the 25m butterfly, 50m front crawl and 50m breast stroke in personal best times.

Donald Gray Hawick swimmer

Donald Gray Hawick swimmer

And the Burgh Primary School pupil managed PBs in her two other events – 100m individual medley and 50m back crawl.

Fellow Galashiels swimmer Finlay Lindores, 10, bagged a gold in the 25m back and bronze in the 25m freestyle, as well as an excellent PB in the 25m breast stroke.

Meanwhile, in the DSE Short Course Championships in Sheffield, 16-year-old Donald Gray from Hawick took home two golds and two silvers.

He was first in the 200m individual medley relay and 200m freestyle relay, and was second in the 100m IM and 100m breast stroke respectively.

Donald swims with Teviot Turbos and is also a member of the Scottish Disability Swimming Squad.

All three receive help from the Scottish Borders Disability Sports Group (SBDSG), which was set up to encourage disabled people to take part in sport both socially and competitively. SBDSG has a development officer in post – Alan Oliver – and the group hopes to see more adults and children enjoy a wider range of sports within the Borders.

Beth’s mum Louise Johnston added: “At present there are more opportunities in Lothians or beyond, so we need more opportunities here.

“In the coming year we are hoping to arrange more events involving swimming, athletics, curling, bowling and vaulting.”

Disability multi-sports sessions are starting in January at the Queens Centre, Galashiels, with five events on offer for adults or children with physical or learning disabilities – athletics, boccia, badminton, football and rugby.

SBDSG, who have Gordon wheelchair racer Samantha Kinghorn and her mum Elaine on the committee, are in the process of building a database of people within the Borders who might benefit from its help.

Anyone wishing to join its database can email e-mail at sbdsg@outlook.com or send details to Dr G. A. Cook, SBDSG, Fairview, Nenthorn, Kelso, TD5 7RY.