Toby is tops with his personal-best swim

Swimmer Toby Douglas from Foulden.
Swimmer Toby Douglas from Foulden.

Foulden swimmer Toby Douglas has become a Scottish Schools champion, breaking 30 seconds in the 50 metres freestyle for the first time.

Representing Eyemouth Swimming Club at the Scottish Schools Championships in Glasgow, 12-year-old Toby swam under 30 seconds in the semi-final of the boys 12 and under 50m freestyle, securing his place in the final with an impressive personal best time of 29.93 seconds.

He then went on to take the title in 30.21 seconds, nearly a second ahead of his nearest competitor, and picked up the best sprint trophy for the boys.

Toby’s coach Neil Tait said: “Toby’s target was to break 30 seconds for 50m freestyle and hopefully win which he did. Toby is very committed to his swimming; his goals are to break the minute for 100m freestyle before he’s 13, progress to the Scottish Silver Squad, and eventually gain a swimming scholarship in USA when he’s older.

“He’s currently training five times a week at the moment with Eyemouth Swimming Club, which has six swimmers in its squad who are making their mark on the swimming scene.”

Also representing Eyemouth Swimming Club and competing for their respective schools at the championships were Rebecca Wilson, who finished sixth in the 17-19 years 200m breaststroke and seventh in the 100m breastroke; and Abigail Tait, who placed 11th in the 100m butterfly.

Thirteen members of Swim Team Borders also swam at the championships, winning six gold and two silver medals between them.

Kelso ASC member Lucy Hope won gold in the 13/14 years 100m backstroke, and backed up the performance later in the day with another gold and an East District record in the 200m backstroke. She was also awarded the trophy for best performance by a 13/14-year-old female.

Morgan Anderson, also from Kelso ASC, added another two gold medals to the team tally, winning the 13/14 years 100m and 200m breaststroke events.

Gala ASC’s Amy Fraser took gold in the 17-19 years 100m butterfly and silver in the 200m butterfly, while Kirsty Armstrong (Kelso ASC) took gold and claimed another East District record in the 12 and under 50m butterfly. Ryan Brown, also representing Kelso, won silver in the 13/14 years 200m butterfly with a very solid PB.

Swim Team Borders coach Alex Jordan said: “It was very satisfying to see some team members winning national medals for the first time.

“The whole team thoroughly deserved their success with the commitment they show. Our volunteer assistant coaches have also shown a great deal of commitment and I’d like to thank both Katrina Hope and Caroline Brown for their continued input. All our swimmers swam really well at this meet considering they are in very hard training for the Scottish National Age Group Championships in April.”