Otters are back with a splash

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Oban Otters held their annual gala at the town’s Atlantis Leisure centre on Saturday following two years of patchy training due to Covid related pool closures.

Lack of practice didn’t appear to affect the young competitors, however, with the standard high accross the board.

Club captain Andrew Boyle, 16, broke the 50m butterfly record by almost one second, setting a new time of 30.11 seconds.

New head coach Shannon McCuish said: ‘It was a fantastic day with great results achieved by all swimmers.

‘I’m proud that after a rough couple of years with limited training we managed to break a record that hasn’t been broken since 2003. I’m looking forward to the next annual gala.’

Otters president Moira Logan agreed that it had been an exciting afternoon watching the return of competitive swimming at Atlantis.

‘Many youngsters were getting their first taste of competitive swimming and some of our more experienced swimmers, who have shown such commitment over the past year, smashed their personal bests,’ she added.

Moira thanked Atlantis staff for their efforts at the gala and at weekly training and all the volunteers who helped the gala run smoothly.

Oban Otters has been run by volunteers since 1975. There are currently nine coaches running four swimming squads of more than 50 swimmers supported by a committee and teen poolside helpers.

Contact Oban Otters on their Facebook page for more information on how you can help support the club through sponsorship, volunteering or expertise.

2021 club gala results

Development squad cups

Spence Shield, girls age 9/10: Jaime MacIntyre; runner-up, Rosie Campbell.

Achnacreebeag trophy, girls age 11+: Rose MacInnes; runner-up, Isla Muir; 3 Aly MacDonald; 4 Mara Breslin.

Larchfield trophy, boys age 11-13: Alfie MacIntyre; runner-up, Riley Anderson; 3 Sean Summers; 4= Alasdair Bruce and Daniel MacInness.

ABCD cup, boys aged 14: Thomas Thomson; runner-up, Noah Soares Domingues.

Junior Squad cups

Iona Shop cup, boys aged 12: Finn MacKechnie; 2 Cameron Craik; 3 Owen Stevenson.

Individual Medley (IM) 100m: Cameron Craik; 2 Owen Stevenson.

JS Shield, boys aged 13: Marco MacGregor; 2 Rufus Hughes; 3 Daniel Campbell.

IM 100m: Marco MacGregor; 2 Rufus Hughes.

JS Shield, girls aged 13: Rebecca Bruce.

IM 100m: Rebecca Bruce.

Performance squad cups

Intermediate trophy, girls aged 12: Lily Robinson.

IM 100m: Lily Robinson.

Hannah’s shield, boys aged 13: Joel Robinson.

IM 100m: Joel Robinson.

Gateway cup, girls aged 13: Abby MacQueen; 2 Megan Carre; 3 Juliette Main; 4 Anna Logan.

IM 100m: Abby MacQueen; 2 Juliette Main.

Hunter cup, boys aged 14+: Kai MacKechnie; 2 Andrew Boyle; 3 Ewan Dowd.

Andrew Boyle broke the 50m fly record held by Saul Ormiston since 2003 with a new time of 30.11.

IM 200m: Kai MacKechnie; 2 Ewan Dowd.

Forteith cup, girls aged 14+: Rachel Carre; 2 Edie Elliott; 3 Alex Elliot; 4 Kay Logan; 5 Abby Docherty.

IM 200m: Rachel Carre; 2 Alex Elliott; 3 Kay Logan.

Main photograph (20_T50_OttersGala2021_04): Club captain Andrew Boyle broke the 50m fly record held by Saul Ormiston since 2003.