Another fine year in the pool for Bellshill Sharks

Bellshill Sharks members Jenna Cole, Greg Fairbairn and Giano Napolitano
Bellshill Sharks members Jenna Cole, Greg Fairbairn and Giano Napolitano

Another great season for Bellshill Sharks swimmers saw them enjoy success at the Scottish National Age Group Championships in Tollcross.

The 16 competitors won a grand total of 17 medals, with two becoming Scottish national champions and 37 top 10 finishes recorded, one of the best hauls in recent years.

Swimmers who compete were; Greg Fairbairn, Giano Napolitano, Adam Airlie, Callum Warnock, Marijus Kringelis, Marc Devlin, Cameron Palmer, Jenna Cole, Louisa Carroll, Imogen Collins, Lia Heffernan, Erin Hughes, Carly Nimmo, Shannyn Reilly, Millie Boyd and Ella Stevenson.

Greg Fairbairn (16), won gold medals in the 200m breaststroke, 100m front crawl, 100m breaststroke and 200m frontcrawl events, plus three silvers and two bronzes.

Greg had a fantastic meet, medalling in all events swam in and he also won the Best Swimming Performance for Under 18 Swimmer in the 200m breaststroke event, which topped off a

hugely successful meet for the young swimmer who is in the Scottish Youth Squad.

Jenna Cole (13), had an amazing week becoming Scottish National Age Group Champion in the 800m frontcrawl event as well as taking home three silvers and one bronze during the meet.

Jenna was pipped by just eight one hundredths of a second in the 200m frontcrawl final, which was the closest event of the week's competition.

This is a fantastic achievement for Jenna who started swimming lessons at the Sir Matt Busby Sports Centre in Bellshill before progressing through the learn to swim programme into the Bellshill Sharks.

She has progressed through all squads from Development to their Junior Elite squad which shows the great work and desire from Jenna and the club to progress young swimmers.

Giano Napolitano (18) capped off a great weekend with silvers in the 50m butterfly and 400m individual medley and Adam Airlie (20) had a second place finish in the 50m backcrawl event. All swimmers who competed in individual and relay events swam fantastically with lots of personal best swims and top 10 performances.