Garioch swimmers make a big splash at the Broch

On Saturday, (March 7), swimmers from across Aberdeenshire travelled to Fraserburgh to take part in the Mary Duncan Swimming Gala for swimmers with a disability.

The majority of the swimmers on the day were seniors all hoping to secure a place as part of Team Grampian to compete at the national Scottish Disability Sport Championships on May 23, at Tollcross in Glasgow.

Sixty nine swimmers in total were competing from eight different clubs. The youngest swimmer being six years of age up to the most senior swimmer at the age of 52.

The event was well supported by the Grampian Disability Sport branch, clubs and parents all lending a hand to ensure the gala went as smoothly as possible giving the swimmers a quality regional event. The main thanks going to Pauline Stirling the event organiser.

The new six lane pool in Fraserburgh which played host to the gala was an ideal venue with plenty spectator space to allow all the swimmers to receive the support they deserved.

At times the noise levels were through the roof creating a really fun and exciting environment.

We wish all the senior swimmers selected for Glasgow the best of luck in May.

The next regional gala will be held in September for the junior swimmers again as a qualifier for the national junior championships.

This year it will take on a new name being renamed the Norma Buist Schools 
Gala following the sad loss of our dear friend one of the driving f
orces behind the schools gala for many years and will be sadly missed by many.

For more information about swimming for people with a disability contact Claire McDonald, Regional 
Development Manager for Grampian on 07533056564 or claire.mcdonald@scottishdisabilitysport.com