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Tain teenager looks for success at Scottish Championship

By Will Clark

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Eilidh Fisher.
Eilidh Fisher.

Eilidh Fisher will take on the best in the country as she competes at the Scottish Disability Swimming Championships on Saturday.

The Tain Amateur Swimming Club athlete goes into the national competition after dominating the Highland Disability Senior Swimming Championships in Inverness last week where she won five gold medals.

The 15-year-old claimed victory over 50 metres in the freestyle, butterfly, breaststroke and backstroke as well as winning the 100 metres individual medley.

The Tain Royal Academy fourth year pupil, who has a rare muscle disorder which impacts her movement, is looking forward to taking on the best in the country in what will be the second time she competes in senior competition.

She said: “I am going to compete in the 50 metres backstroke and butterfly and 100 metres frontcrawl, breaststroke and individual medley.

“I have competed at the Scottish championships before and it was always a nice experience and I have come away with a number of medals in the past.

“I am not sure what my target is this weekend, all I want to do is try my best and see what happens.”

Fisher’s dominant performance at the Highland Swimming Championships was made even more impressive in that she only recently returned to action after recovering from a skin condition which kept her out of training.

Fisher has been involved in swimming from a young age, saying it is one of the few sports which her disability does not prevent her from taking part in.

She says she loves swimming and hopes to achieve more success in the future.

She said: “Because of my legs, I wasn’t able to do much in other sports.

“But in swimming where movement is continuous, my muscles are alright to take part in that sport.

“I joined Tain Amateur Swimming Club when I was nine and I kept going in swimming and it is something which I love.”

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