Swim ace William is top Scot

Bellshill Sharks swimmer William Balfour with medals
Bellshill Sharks swimmer William Balfour with medals

HOLYTOWN youngster William Balfour proved a splash hit by landing a national title at the recent Scottish National age group swimming championships.

The 12-year-old Brannock High School pupil won the 100 metres breaststroke title at the competition which was held at Sunderland Aquaric Centere.

William, a member of Bellshill Sharks ASC based at the Sir Matt Busby Sports Complex in Bellshill, was part of the North Lanarkshire team taking part in the event which was switched from its normal venue at the Tollcross pool in Glasgow.

He competed in a number of events in the boys’ 10-12 years age group and reached three finals.

He finished fourth in the 200 metres individual medley with an 11 second improvement on his personal best and won a bronze medal in the 200m breaststroke, taking 15 seconds off his best.

But his crowning glory came in the 100m breaststroke where he won silver and, because the winner of the open race was English, also earned the overall Scottish Championship title.