Talented swimmers make a splash on gala day

Sam Coates and Ella MacKechnie with the new trophies gifted by their families for future swimmers.

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Oban Otters annual club Gala took place on Sunday with over 40 children and young people taking part.

An exceptional amount of young talent was on display at Atlantis Leisure as personal bests were slashed and club records broken.

The club were pleased to welcome back Julie Fairbrass as race starter and events ran smoothly and efficiently with informative background commentary and motivational music provided by Lyndsay Elliott.

New club kit was on display with the Otters and their coaching team thanking D+K Lafferty for their contribution towards this.

This year was a big one for two of the clubs most accomplished swimmers – Ella MacKechnie and Sam Coates. Both are now in 6th year at Oban High School so may not be competing at future club galas. To mark this moment their families have gifted new trophies to the club for future swimmers competing in this age category.

Rising star Kai MacKechnie broke three club records and Tayler Robinson broke the club record in the 200m individual medley.

The club were delighted to receive sponsorship for the Gala from Puffin Dive, Oban Joinery and MacQueen Brothers.

Although ran as a competitive gals the day centred around the friendships formed between the swimmers who support and encourage each other while enjoying their sport.

Main photograph (NO_T49_ObanOtters_SamCoates_EllaMacKechnie) Sam Coates and Ella MacKechnie with the new trophies gifted by their families for future swimmers.