Barracudas hunting for new members

Border Barracudas disability swimming squad is on the hunt for new members.
Border Barracudas disability swimming squad is on the hunt for new members.

The recently formed Border Barracudas disability swimming squad is on the hunt for new members from throughout the region.

Established by the Scottish Borders Disability Sports Group with the help of Borders Sport and Leisure, the team is looking to attract new swimmers with a physical and sensory disability.

Alan Oliver, Borders Sport and Leisure disability sport development officer said: “Being able to establish a Borders disability swimming squad is magnificent.

“This squad has provided a new opportunity for enthusiastic swimmers to train regularly and develop their skills within the Borders.

“Scottish Borders Disability Sport Group (SBDSG) has done a great job in creating a new brand image, including providing swimming caps and tops for competitions and training.

“My congratulations go to Louise Johnston SBDSG swim co-ordinator, for her continuous hard work. The next phase is to recruit more members and coaches to support the team’s current trainer, Davey Scullion.

“It’s a really promising period for disability swimming in the Borders at the minute with the Barracudas now formed and a new specific disability Learn to Swim Programme launching shortly.”

The Barracudas will face their first team competition in September at the Prestonpans regional time trials.

A spokesperson for the Scottish Borders Disability Sports Group added: “We are delighted to be part of the development of disability swimming in the Scottish Borders by supporting young aspiring swimmers and giving them the opportunity to further their swimming ambition - whether it’s more dedicated training sessions or achieving medals at competitions.

“We wish the Barracudas all the best for their first team competition in September”

Swimmers with a disability interested in finding out more about the Barracudas team should contact Borders Sport and Leisure’s disability sport development officer Alan Oliver on 07887 472 137.