Young swimmers will meet the Commonwealth and Olympic champion

LEARN FROM A CHAMPION: Swimmer Duncan Scott will meet some of Orkney’s youngest swimmers in learn-to-swim sessions

Orkney’s young swimmers will welcome six-time Olympic medalist and Commonwealth Champion Duncan Scott as he immerses himself in their swimming lessons.

Duncan will be in the county to mark the success of the Learn to Swim program in Orkney, which sees around 646 children each week take part in regular swimming lessons with the Pickaquoy Center and the Orkney Islands Council.

The swimming superstar will meet some of Orkney’s youngest swimmers during learn-to-swim sessions at the Pickaquoy Center and then head to Stromness Pool to meet some of Orkney’s club swimmers, offering them tips and tips when they participate in one of their regular training sessions.

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Duncan represented Great Britain at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics last year and more recently Scotland at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham. He made history after winning four medals in Tokyo, more than any other British athlete at a single Olympics, and became the team’s most successful Commonwealth Games athlete of all time. Scotland.

An all-rounder in the pool, Scott has swum internationally in the 100 and 200 meter freestyle, 200 meter butterfly, 200 meter and 400 meter individual medley.

The Scottish Swimming National Learn to Swim Framework, in partnership with Scottish Water, is delivered by leisure associations, local authorities and swimming lesson providers across Scotland. It aims to raise the standards and ensure consistency in swimming lessons across the country.

LEARN FROM A CHAMPION: Swimmer Duncan Scott will meet some of Orkney’s youngest swimmers in learn-to-swim sessions

Learning to swim is an essential life skill that helps children and adults be more confident, safer and more proficient in the water and can ultimately save lives. As a sport, swimming is unique with health and social benefits from birth and opportunities in a range of aquatic disciplines and water sports.

For parents, encouraging your child to learn to swim is one of the most important skills you will teach them. If you get kids swimming when they’re young, chances are they’ll enjoy the water for the rest of their lives and stay fit and healthy.

Duncan commented: “I am very much looking forward to visiting Orkney and seeing the children benefit from the learn to swim programs offered there as part of the Scottish Swimming Scottish Water Learn to Swim Framework, but also taking part in a club training session where I hope I can offer some good advice to young Orkney swimmers!

James Linklater, Managing Director of the Pickaquoy Centre, said: “We are absolutely delighted to have Duncan Scott come to Orkney, and what a great opportunity for our young swimmers to talk and swim with such a successful athlete.

“Given his recent success at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham and the fact that he has become Scotland’s most decorated competitor at any Commonwealth Games, Duncan is among the finest athletes of our time.

“We look forward to welcoming him to ‘Picky’ and hope he enjoys his visit.”

Councilor Gwenda Shearer is Chair of the Orkney Islands Council’s Education, Leisure and Housing Committee. She said: “What a pleasure for these young people to meet Duncan, who for our young swimmers, especially those involved in competitive swimming, will be an absolute inspiration.

“The Learn to Swim program has been a resounding success in Orkney. These young swimmers we see competing in competitions, galas and even inter-county meet-and-greets all started their journeys with swimming lessons at our local facilities.

“Orkney has a tremendous tradition of producing fantastic swimmers and I hope the opportunity to meet their hero will inspire the next generation to do even bigger things in the pool, all the more important as time is running out for that the Island Games are coming to Orkney in 2025.”

Submitted by Emma Lourie


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