Swimming – #ScotsOnParaGB
In the lead-up to the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, Scottish Disability Sport is delighted to provide an overview of the sports that Scots are competing in as part of ParalympicsGB. In the tenth of the series of sports, we highlight the sport of swimming and Paralympians Abby Kane, Stephen Clegg, Andrew Mullen and Scott Quin.
Swimming is one of the core sports involved in the Paralympic Games and has been present since the inaugural games in Rome in 1960. The Paralympic swimming programme is one of the biggest both in terms of competitor numbers and medal events including all four strokes with distances from 50m up to 400m. Swimming provides multiple medal opportunities for ParalympicsGB as well as individual athletes.
The Rio 2016 Paralympic Games will see four Scottish swimmers and two coaches be part of ParalympicsGB:
- Abby Kane (S13) – The youngest member of the team at the age of thirteen, Largs swimmer Abby trains with Ren96 club and is coached by Sharon McIntyre. Watch out for Abby in three events – 100m backstroke, 50m freestyle and 400m freestyle. Abby’s main event is the 100m backstroke.
- Stephen Clegg (S12) – East Lothian Swim Team member Stephen is coached by Bruce Halloran. Club swimmer Stephen made his debut in the IPC European Swimming Championships earlier this year. First-time Paralympian Stephen will be swimming in four events – 50m freestyle, 100m freestyle, 400m freestyle and 100m backstroke. His main event is 100m backstroke.
- Andrew Mullen (S5) – Rio will be Andrew’s second Paralympic Games. Andrew trains at the Manchester High Performance Centre and is coached by Graeme Smith who will also be a member of ParalympicsGB swimming team. Andrew will compete in the 50m freestyle, 100m freestyle, 200m freestyle, 50m backstroke and 50m butterfly. His main event is the 50m backstroke. At the IPC World Swimming Championships in 2015 Andrew won silver in 50m backstroke and 200m freestyle and bronze in 50m butterfly and 100m freestyle.
- Scott Quin (S14) – Along with Abby and Stephen, Scott will be making his Paralympic debut. The Warrender Baths Club swimmer will be competing in the 100m breaststroke. Scott won silver medal in the IPC World Swimming Championships in Tollcross International Swimming Centre, Glasgow last year in the 100m breaststroke. Scott is coached by Kris Gilchrist who will be travelling to Rio as part of the team.
Kris Gilchrist of Warrender Baths Club (coaches Scott Quin):
- Melbourne Commonwealth Games 2006: bronze medallist in 4x100m medley
- World Short course Championships in Manchester 2001: gold in 200m breaststroke
Graeme Smith of Manchester High Performance Centre (coaches Andrew Mullen):
- Manchester Commonwealth Games 2002: bronze in 400m freestyle, silver in 1500m freestyle
- Atlanta Olympic Games 1996, bronze in 1500m freestyle
For a schedule of swimming events please follow the link below:
Scottish Disability Sport has produced a factsheet about swimming for people with a disability which can be downloaded here.
And a video fact file can be viewed here:
Swimming has been identified as one of the best activities for total body fitness whether you compete at elite level or just for fun. It really is a fully inclusive sport with many positive opportunities for health and fitness.
If you or any one you know has a disability and would like to get involved in disability swimming please telephone Scottish Disability Sport on 0131 317 1130.
Please return on Monday for all the information relating to the sport of Athletics. These Paralympic Games will see six Scottish Athletes and one coach be part of ParalympicsGB.