Olympic Gold Medallist Duncan Scott marks Be taught to Swim success in Orkney

Younger swimmers in Orkney welcome six-time Olympic medallist and Commonwealth champion Duncan Scott as he ‘dives in’ to their swimming classes.

Duncan shall be within the county to mark the success of the Be taught to Swim programme in Orkney which sees round 646 youngsters every week participate in common swimming classes with The Pickaquoy Centre and Orkney Islands Council.

The swimming celebrity shall be assembly a few of Orkney’s youngest swimmers at Be taught to Swim classes in The Pickaquoy Centre after which will head throughout to Stromness Swimming Pool to fulfill a few of Orkney’s membership swimmers, providing them recommendation and suggestions as they participate in one in every of their common coaching classes.

Duncan represented Nice Britain on the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Video games final 12 months, and extra just lately, Scotland on the Commonwealth Video games in Birmingham. He made historical past after successful 4 medals in Tokyo, greater than some other British athlete at a single Olympic Video games, and have become Staff Scotland’s most profitable Commonwealth Video games athlete of all time.

An all-rounder within the pool, Scott has swum internationally in 100 and 200 metres freestyle 200 metres butterfly, 200 metres and 400 metres particular person medley.

Scottish Swimming’s Nationwide Be taught to Swim Framework in partnership with Scottish Water, is delivered by Leisure Trusts, Native Authorities and swimming lesson suppliers all through Scotland. It goals to lift requirements and obtain consistency in swimming classes throughout the nation.

Studying to swim is an important life talent that helps youngsters and adults to be extra assured, safer and competent in water and may in the end save lives. As a sport, swimming is exclusive with lifelong well being and social advantages from delivery upwards and alternatives in a spread of aquatic disciplines and water sports activities.

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For fogeys, encouraging your little one to study to swim is among the most necessary abilities you’ll educate them. If you happen to get youngsters eager about swimming after they’re younger there’s a great probability they’ll benefit from the water for the remainder of their life and stay match and wholesome.

James Linklater, Managing Director of The Pickaquoy Centre, stated: “We’re completely thrilled that Duncan Scott is coming to Orkney, and what an excellent alternative for our younger swimmers to talk to and swim with such a profitable athlete.

“Given his latest success on the Commonwealth Video games in Birmingham and changing into most embellished Scottish competitor throughout all Commonwealth Video games, Duncan is correct up there with one of the best athletes of our time.

“We very a lot stay up for welcoming him to ‘Choosy’ and hope he enjoys his go to.”

Councillor Gwenda Shearer is the Chair of Orkney Islands Council’s Training, Leisure and Housing Committee. She stated: “What a deal with for these children to fulfill Duncan – who for our younger swimmers, particularly these collaborating in aggressive swimming – shall be an absolute inspiration. 

“The Be taught to Swim programme has been such a roaring success in Orkney.  These younger swimmers we see collaborating in competitions, galas and even inter-county clashes all began out their journey via swimming classes in our native services.

“Orkney has an incredible custom of manufacturing incredible swimmers and I hope that a chance to fulfill their hero will spur the following technology on to even larger issues within the pool – all of the extra necessary because the clock ticks all the way down to the Island Video games coming to Orkney in 2025.”

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Duncan Scott commented: “I’m very a lot wanting ahead to visiting Orkney and seeing youngsters having fun with the study to swim programmes provided there as a part of the Scottish Swimming Scottish Water Be taught to Swim Framework, but additionally becoming a member of in a membership coaching session the place I hope I can supply some prime tricks to Orkney’s younger swimmers!”