Profiling Borders ASP Athletes

Galashiels swimmer Beth Johnston
Galashiels swimmer Beth Johnston

Your best moment in sport so far: Winning a bronze medal at the UK School Games 2014.

Aims for the next 12 months: Clinch world class podium potential times. Medal at Scottish Open in June. Compete again at the UK School Games.

Who in your sport has inspired you most and why?: Ellie Simmonds. She’s such a bubbly friendly swimmer who has promoted para swimming to a new level.

Favourite sporting moment of all time as a spectator: Opening ceremony of the 2014 Commonwealth Games and all the medals that followed for Team Scotland. Especially my team-mate Erraid Davies!

Best thing about your sport: It’s never rained off! You can immerse yourself in your own thoughts. You can work as an individual, but also come together as a team.

What do you do to “tune-in” immediately before a competition?: Imagine the whole race from blocks to finish, block out all surrounding noise and focus on my race, no-one else’s.

If you had the chance to change one thing in your sport, what?: Better pool access times so early mornings, especially at weekends, wouldn’t be necessary.

Venue at which you most aspire to compete: London Olympic Pool.

If not in this sport, would like to compete in: Triathlon.

Current most played song or track on your i-pod or MP3: Cheerleader – Omni.

... but can’t stand: Like I can – Sam Smith.

Other interests away from my sport: Socialising with my friends, shopping and listening to music.

Fantasy away day (all-expenses paid): Round the world trip finishing in Australia’s Gold Coast but stopping somewhere along the way to swim with dolphins.

The Borders Athlete Support Programme (ASP) is funded through Borders Sports and Leisure Trust and provides support services to promising athletes from the Borders who are recommended by their National Governing 
Body. For more information see