JUST a few years ago Olympic silver medallist Michael Jamieson trained in one of East Dunbartonshire’s swimming pools en-route to glory at the London 2012 games.
And recently, 60 local youngsters, inspired by his achievements, took to the water at Allander Leisure centre to compete for a place at next year’s Scottish Schools’ Swimming Association Championships.
Pupils from East Dunbartonshire schools competed in time trials and got to chase the Olympic dream free of charge.
Councillor Stewart MacDonald, Chair of the East Dunbartonshire Leisure & Culture Trust, attended the time trials and was impressed with the commitment of the young swimmers.
He said: “It was great to see the energy and enthusiasm of all these young people on a Saturday morning, exercising and competing in a sport they love.
“I am delighted that we have been able to work with partners to give them this opportunity to shine but more importantly to simply get out there, have fun and enjoy sport.”
Thirty-three of the young swimmers, who took part in the trials on Saturday, have qualified to compete in the Championships which will be held in the Dolan Aqua Centre in East Kilbride on Saturday 26th January 2013.