Sharks swimmers are splash hits at nationals

Bellshill Sharks swimmers who competed in the Scottish championships.
Bellshill Sharks swimmers who competed in the Scottish championships.

Members of Bellshill Sharks ASC did themselves and their club proud when they took part in the recent Scottish National Age Group Swimming Championships.

They returned from the competition - which was held at the Aquatics Centre in Aberdeen Sports Village - with a total of 10 medals, including one gold.

The club’s top performer was 15-year-old Thomas Balfour who became Scottish champion by lifting the 50 metres backstroke title.

Thomas also returned from Aberdeen with two silver medals, from the 200m and 400m individual medley events, and three bronze medals from the 100m and 200m breaststroke and 100m butterfly.

Also among the medals was 13-year-old Lauren Addyman who won a silver in the 100m butterfly and two bronze medals in the 50m and 200m races.

And there was also a silver medal in the 50m backstroke for another Sharks swimmer, 14-year-old Callum Warnock.

With over 900 competitors aged between 10 – 18 competing in events covering all strokes and distances over five days of competition, the team was delighted with its medal haul.

The club’s swimmers also helped the North Lanarkshire finished an overall ninth in Scotland.

The competing team was Lauren Addyman (13), Adam Airlie (17), Kerrie Anton (15), Thomas Balfour (15), William Balfour (16), Marc Devlin (13), Greg Fairbairn (13), Lia Heffernan (11), Katie Lynch (14), Liam McDougall (15), Vhairi Munro (12), Giano Napolitano (15), Antony Waring (13) and Callum Warnock (14).

The Bellshill Sharks ASC committee, swimmers and parents would like to thank Scott Warnock, the head coach, and Linzi Kirk, team manager, who took time out of their family lives and work to coach the team during the full five days.