60 seconds with a Tayside athlete: Taylor Mackenzie

Name: Taylor Mackenzie

Branch: Dundee City Disability Sport

Sport: Swimming

Club: Menzieshill Whitehall Swimming & Water Polo Club

How did you get involved in your sport? My mum and dad took me to the Olympia Pool when I was in nursery

How long have you been playing your sport for? Since I was 4 years old. I love the water and don’t feel different from others when I’m swimming.

Biggest Strength (as an athlete): My biggest strength is my love of swimming and my determination to improve my strokes

What’s the best thing about your sport? Swimming is fun and a great workout, it also gives you confidence to push yourself

What equipment do you need to take part in your sport? Other than the obvious things, I would never be without my water bottle, kick-board and fins.

Greatest sporting achievement: Competing in the Scottish Disability Sport National Junior Championships at Tollcross and the Special Olympics in 2017.

Favourite Para-athlete: Bethany Firth, S14 swimmer. I watched every race she was in during the Paralympics in Rio

Favourite athlete to compete against: Another S14 swimmer, Reagan Doig, proud that she is Scottish

Any advice for someone interested in your sport? Always warm up and warm down, show up early for training and have fun.