THE name Lough is synonymous with the seaport of Eyemouth – and Linda Lough has never forgotten her roots.
Linda learned her swimming under local centre manager, Henry Gray, at the town’s Leisure Centre, but at the age of 17, like many teenagers, left the town and gave up the sport.
That is until now – and even at the age of 34, Linda is rising to new heights as the record-breaking Masters 50 metres breast-stroke champion (for her age) beating former Scotland and Great Britain Olympic swimmer Alison Shepherd into second place at the Tollcross pool in Glasgow.
Linda has breathed new life into the sport, which she loves and mixes with her difficult job. “I am a children’s social worker in Wester Hailes. I lost interest for a time, but now I love it and it takes the stress out of my work,” she said.
Gray added: “Linda is one of the best swimmers to come out of Eyemouth. We are all very proud of her here.”
Linda started to swim again once a week, and has never looked back, using several pools in the Edinburgh area. She has set her sights on the 200m record before she reaches the grand age of 35 and joins the next group!
She admitted: “I lost interest and gave up the sport 17 years ago when I moved to Edinburgh, but I am delighted to be back in the pool. I started swimming just once a week to start with and now I train regularly. I found out how much I had missed it.
“I will be moving up (an age group). However, importantly I enjoy it. I see others (some aged 80) swimming, and so I feel quite young.
“I had my first competition as an adult in November 2008 and took the sport on from there. I now feel fitter and hope that I can be young again.”