Gilchrist joins line-up of expertise at sports academy

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FORMER Olympic swimmer, Kris Gilchrist, has added his name to the line-up of renowned coaches at this year’s Scottish Borders Sports Academy.

Around 100 of the region’s most promising athletes aged 12-17 will attend the event, run by Borders Sport and Leisure, which features seven different disciplines (tennis, rugby, cycling, football, athletics, swimming and hockey) and will take place in the Scottish Borders Campus, Galashiels, from August 4 to 7.

Gilchrist is the latest coach to be secured for the Academy, which is now in its 12th year, and joins an exceptional team of coaching experts, including Vickey Bunce, current GB hockey player and club coach, tennis expert Adrian Nicklin who has many years experience in developing young players, athletics coaches Michael Johnson and Sandy Robertson (former Scottish Champion and international 400m hurdler) and former international footballer Keith Wright.

Gilchrist said: “The Academy is a great initiative which allows athletes access to experienced coaches and support that is not available on a daily basis.

“The timing is perfect for swimming as it coincides with the transition into a new season. This will ensure that the athletes gain fresh ideas, self management strategies and an increased level of motivation at a stage in the calendar where the biggest changes can be made.”

Ewan Jackson, chief executive of Borders Sport and Leisure added: “The young athletes will gain an incredible amount from this unique opportunity to work with and learn from some of the finest instructors in the country.”