Comhairle congratulates Lewis swimmer Kara Hanlon on Commonwealth Games pick

Lewis swimmer, Kara Hanlon, who has been selected to represent Scotland at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham. NO F25 Kara Hanlon
Lewis swimmer, Kara Hanlon, who has been selected to represent Scotland at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham. NO F25 Kara Hanlon

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Lewis swimmer Kara Hanlon has been selected to represent Scotland at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

On behalf of the communities of the Western Isles, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar Convener, Kenny Macleod called it a ‘magnificent achievement’ for Kara who showed exceptional talent from a young age.

When she was only 14, Kara attended her first NatWest Island Games in the Isle of Wight in 2011 and has since gone on to shine at a further four island games.

‘At the most recent NatWest Island Games in Gibraltar in 2019, she won another four gold medals and a silver medal. In winning the three breaststroke distances, she also broke the three NatWest Island Games Records for these races,’ added Councillor Macleod.

‘This incredible performance took her total medal haul to 12 with eight golds and four silvers.’

Kara is currently ranked number one in Scotland in short course [25m pool] and long course [50m pool] and is Scottish National Champion in 50m, 100m and 200m breaststroke in both pool sizes.

This year she achieved an unofficial record in February in addition to winning the British Championships at Sheffield in April.

Councillor Macleod continued: ‘Kara has been a good role model for local swimmers and Western Isles sport in general. She is a great ambassador for the islands, never forgetting where she comes from and promoting island sport.

‘We are very proud of her and wish her all the best in the Commonwealth Games.’

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Kara Hanlon, who has been selected to represent Scotland at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

NO F25 Kara Hanlon