Swimmers from the Western Isles have been in busy competition for the last number of weeks.

The last weekend in April saw one of their largest group trips, with 17 swimmers attending the Inverness Graded meet.

Stuart Baird, swimming coach, said: “There were some great swims with Gold medals for Gina Stewart and Donald Matheson and a Bronze for Fraser Macleod, and a lot of personal best times. This was for many of those who came along their first time swimming competitively on the mainland, and I think they got a taste for it, they all did very well.”

The more experienced swimmers have continued to enjoy mainland success Mathew Hanlon took part in the Aberdeen University Long Course meet and achieved 3 personal bests and a Bronze medal.

Mathew will be back in Aberdeen at the end of May joined by Ania Lisowska, Mairi Maclennan, Lucienne Doig, Katie Murray and Isla Budge for the North District Long course meet where the swimmers will be hoping to improve and set times.

Maya Maciver, Isla MacDonald, Erin Smith, James Smith, Isla Budge and Lucienne Doig will be travelling to Nairn at the beginning of June for the Individual medley meet.

The Club held their championships on Saturday 20th May in Stornoway the winners in each category were: 

10 & under
Girls - Isla Macdonald
Boys - Mark Morrison
11-12
Girls - Mairi Maclennan
Boys - Kyle Macdonald
13-14
Girls - Ania Lisowska
Boys - James Smith
15 & over
Girls - Lucienne Doig
Boys - Matthew Hanlon

There were also some club records set last Saturday Isla Macdonald - 10 & under 50 Back, 50 Free and 100 IM. Lucienne Doig - 15/16 200 IM. Matthew Hanlon - 15/16 200 IM 100 Back, 100 Breast, 100 Fly & 100 Free and overall 200 IM.

The club would like to thank the Transocean Youth and Young Persons Travel scheme who helped with travel costs and Tesco who contributed towards the Inverness trip with water and fruit and also the Co-op and all those who gave generously where the club were bag packing recently.