Young Star Beth shines in London

Galashiels swimmer Beth Johnston with her OCS Young Star award
Galashiels swimmer Beth Johnston with her OCS Young Star award

Galashiels swimmer Beth Johnston has won a prestigious Young Star sports award at a ceremony in London hosted by Gabby Logan.

Beth, 13, was one of 12 nationwide winners and was the Scotland & Northern Ireland victor. The awards are sponsored by OCS and several sporting heroes were in attendance, including David Gower and Rory Underwood.

Nominated for the award by British Swimming, the Galashiels Academy pupil is a S10 Para-Swimmer and has been a member of the national squad for two years. She is ranked eighth in the UK (under-18) and currently holds the junior Scottish records in the 50m freestyle, 100m freestyle and 200 IM.

Beth, who swims with BEST, Gala ASC and Border Barracudas (disability-specific club) would like to thank the Rowan Boland Memorial Trust who have supported her from the very beginning, helping her financially to travel long distances. Beth has also received support from Club Sport Ettrick & Lauderdale and Scottish Borders Disability Sports Group.