Duns swimmers hit Glasgow

World Class development swimmer Dan Wallace is moving stateside in June to take up a swimming scholarship at the prestigious Florida Gators, based at the University of Florida
World Class development swimmer Dan Wallace is moving stateside in June to take up a swimming scholarship at the prestigious Florida Gators, based at the University of Florida

Duns Amateur Swimming Club has always had a reputation for producing great swimmers, ever since it was founded over 40 years ago.

When the club’s former coach, Joyce Waddell, took over many young swimmers came from far and wide to the club due to her excellent reputation.

It must be very rewarding and exciting for her, then, to see three of her former charges competing in this year’s Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

We have already seen Duns ASC former members representing both Scotland and Great Britain.

Euan Dale represented Scotland in the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne where he was a double silver medallist, and GB at the 2008 Olympic Games in Melbourne and Jak Scott was silver medallist in Deli 2010 representing Scotland.

For Glasgow 2014 former Duns ASC swimmers Ben Higson (coach to the squad), Jak Scott & Dan Wallace will be involved with Team Scotland. Kirsty Inkpen of Duns Swimming Pool said: “We would like to wish them all the best and will have everything crossed for them. We hope they will be successful in Glasgow and that we will see them compete at the Olympic Games in Rio in 2016.

Former Duns swimmer Ben Higson is now a Commonwealth coach, having swum for Scotland in the Celtic Tri Nations and the US Open.

Two of his charges are Jak Scott and Dan Wallace, who both trained at Duns. Scott won silver in the 4x200 freestyle four years ago, and is taking a break from studying accountancy at Stirling to compete in the same discipline at Glasgow.

His teammate Dan Wallace returned to Scotland two years ago after moving to the USA to train. He went on to win bronze in the 400 individual medley at the NCAA Championships and two bronzes at the British gas Swimming Championships. Dan said: “My most prized possession is my NCAA National Championship ring but one day I hope that will be complemented by a medal from an international competition.”

The region will also be represented outside the pool, with Berwick runner Guy Learmonth set to run in the 800m and wheelchair athlete Samantha Kinghorn, of Gordon also representing Team Scotland.

Both Kinghorn and Learmonth say they benefitted from the Borders Athlete Support Scheme set up by Scottish Borders Council.