Fife Swimmer Wins Rotary Award

Ollie Carter receiving the award

Ollie Carter is a pupil at Bell Baxter HS and a member of Carnegie Swimming Club where he is coached by Morag Mitchell. On Tuesday 21st March Ollie became the 12th Disability Sport Fife member to be awarded the St Andrews Kilrymont Rotary Club Quaich and a Rotary Bursary. The awards were presented to Ollie by Club President Ewen Allan and Rotarian George Donaldson at the weekly club meeting at the Scores Hotel.

Ollie started out at Cupar and District SC before moving to Carnegie SC. The sacrifices his family have made to access extra hours of water and strength and conditioning time in central and west Fife are remarkable. Those sacrifices have paid off because Ollie is now one of the leading physically disabled junior swimmer in Scotland and is also well established in the GB rankings. Ollie is a British Swimming Academy member and a Scottish Disability Sport Academy athlete. In addition he is a Scottish Swimming SSE next generation athlete.

In the year past Ollie has captured several of the records for the S10 class set by 5 times Paralympian and Disability Sport Fife Chairman Paul Noble MBE. Ollie now holds 8 senior Scottish short and long course records. He now consistently swims under one minute for 100m freestyle and at the recent British Para swimming championships he set a new Scottish Long Course record for 100m freestyle. Other recent records set include 400m free set at the East District Age Groups and 200m freestyle long course set at the East District Grand Prix.

Last Ollie year set three Scottish Championships records for 100m IM, 50m butterfly and 50m backstroke. Ollie leads a small squad of Disability Sport Fife swimmers who are making their mark in performance swimming in Scotland and beyond. The young Cupar based swimmer has set his sights on a GB Team place for the Paralympic Games in Tokyo. The Rotary Bursary will help support Ollie to compete in the Commonwealth Trials in England. Sadly however there are no races for Para swimmers in Australia in 2018.

Richard Brickley MBE
President, Disability Sport Fife