Rowan’s Trust helps Beth make a splash for Scotland

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Galashiels para-swimmer Beth Johnston has received a boost ahead of her Scotland debut with a £500 grant from the Rowan Boland Memorial Trust (RBMT).

The 11-year-old is due to turn out for her country in November, having already enjoyed a stunning year.

The Border Barracudas and Gala Swimming Club member broke the S10 50m and 100m freestyle, and 200m individual medley national records, and was named Lothian Disability Personality of the Year, having been part of its regional squad.

Beth picked up a grant of £200 last year from the trust and chairman David Boland said: “We are delighted to support Beth once again this year.

“She is showing enormous potential and is one to watch for the future.”

Grand National-winning jockey Ryan Mania is the latest sporting star to become an honorary patron of the trust which was formed in 2011 to honour the memory of nine-year-old sporting all-rounder Rowan Bowland who died in April 2010 while playing at Gala Cricket Club.

The 23-year-old from Galashiels has been thrown into the limelight since his victory on board Aurora’s Encore at Aintree in April.

However, just five days after he became the first Scot to win the world’s most famous steeplechase for 117 years, Mania found time to support the trust by handing out the medals at its Meigle Fun Run.

And he has now agreed to join John Collins, Danny Galbraith, Stuart Hogg, Greig Laidlaw and Chris Paterson as an honorary patron of the trust.

A RBMT spokesman said: “We have to thank Ryan for supporting the trust by accepting the role of honorary patron.”

Meanwhile, the work of the trust continues this month with the rescheduled Star Walk on Friday, October 25.

The 10.5-mile night-time fundraiser was due to take place on September 6, but torrential rain forced the event to be postponed.

Registration is at Tweedbank Sports Centre, starting at 7pm, with the walk kicking off at 7.30pm.

David Boland said: “We hope supporters will get behind the Star Walk once again, with around 130 people helping to raise around £800 last year.”

Entry is by donation, with walkers welcome to bring along their dogs provided they are on a lead, and children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.