Swimmers start with a splash

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With training now back in full swing, Gala ASC have continued the form they showed at the end of June.

On their first weekend back in competitive mode five younger age group swimmers travelled to Kelso for their 6th Annual Meet and showed that they were back to winning ways some great performances.

Laura Frizzel (1 silver and three bronze), Amy Goodship (one gold and one silver), Lucy D’Agrosa (one bronze) and Anna D’Agrosa and Layla Whitson all had great swims and have already set the standard for next season.

Beth Johnston also represented Scotland in the Sainsbury’s UK School Games held in Manchester earlier this month where she recorded a personal best when coming second in her 50m free heat. In the final, she came fifth overall and gained a new Scottish S10 record. In the 200IM, Beth won bronze with another PB and in the 100m free finished fifth overall.

Last Sunday, Peebles ASC held their annual Stars of the Future meet, a four-team competition covering individual and relay events in all disciplines for age groups 9-12.

A very young, nine-strong Gala team made the short trip up the A72 to take on Peebles, Hawick & Teviotdale and Lanark, and proved that the future of the club is looking very promising.

Throughout the afternoon the medals and PBs came thick and fast and the team roll of honour was: Kerr Johnston (one gold, two silver), Layla Whitson (two gold), Ciaran Corcoran (one gold, one silver, one bronze), Courtney Stewart (two gold, three bronze) Gregor Collins (two bronze), Laura Frizzel (two bronze), Sam Shepherd (one bronze), while Louise Garwood and Heather Westbury also did well.

Finlay Lindores also competed in the Discovery Games at the New Olympia Swimming Pool at Dundee over the same weekend. This event was run by Dundee Disability Sport and Finlay flew the Gala ASC flag with pride. In his three swims, he managed three PBs and collected three golds.