Published by Mr Macdonald
Thursday 27 November 2014
Castle Douglas High School pupils Meg Ayres and Jonathan Brown took part in the 37th National Junior Championships for Swimmers with a Learning Disability. This took place at Tollcross Pool in Glasgow, the venue, back in the summer, for the Commonwealth Games swimming competition. Both pupils had qualified to take part as a result of their times, achieved at an earlier regional event held at DG1 Pool in Dumfries.
Meg was the first to take to the pool in event 12, the “25 metres freestyle back for girls”. Up against a field of eight she narrowly missed out on a bronze medal.
Meg was back in the water for event 48, the “25 metres freestyle front for girls”. Up against a different field of competitors she came in a creditable 5th.
Jonathan showed great patience throughout the Championships as he had to wait until 4pm for his one and only race. This was event 79, the last race of the day, featuring the crème de la crème of the boys in the “100metres freestyle front”. At the final turn Jonathan was in bronze position but was pipped on the final length. However, he showed his fighting spirit and the qualities of patience and endurance he has built up in his weekly training sessions, alongside Meg, at Castle Douglas Swimming Pool.
Overall, it was a great experience for the two Castle Douglas High School pupils and competing in such an impressive arena can only inspire them for the future.