Oban swimming club hosts annual gala

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OBAN Otters ASC hosted its annual club gala on Sunday December 3.
There was a fantastic turnout and competition was fierce for a fine selection of medals and trophies, many of which date back to the beginning of the club in the 1970s.
President of Scottish Swimming’s west district Janice Morgan made sure all timekeepers and judging was up to strict national standard. One of the many highlights of the day was the smashing of two club records by rising star Sam Coates, aged 15.
In the 100m Breast Stroke – The Hunter Cup – the record has been held by John Forteith (1min 17.30secs) since 1979. Sam took an impressive four seconds off in an outstanding performance of 1 min 12.90 seconds. This had the onlookers cheering with excitement and delight which reached fever pitch as he went on to break another club record in the 4 x 50m Individual Medley – Beaver Timber Shield.
Held by Patrick MacKinnon since 2012, Sam shaved just over two seconds off this by finishing in 2 minutes, 29.94 seconds. Sam is ranked 11th in Scotland for boys 15 years 50m breaststroke. He has qualified for the 50m breaststroke at the Scottish National Age Group Championships to be held in April 2018. Sam is also hoping to achieve a qualifying time for the 100m breast stroke in the New Year.
Atlantis Leisure sponsor Sam Coates and fellow elite swimmer Ella MacKechnie, giving them the chance to train in the pool and the gym outwith club times and putting in a huge commitment to their chosen sport, inspiring younger club members.