West Dunbartonshire Amateur Swim Club have enjoyed a successful start to the competitive season after seven local swimmers were selected for the District Regional Programme (DRP). 

The DRP is an initiative run by the Scottish Swimming Performance team and the Scottish Swimming Districts which underpins the National Programme for senior, youth and youth development squads while also providing an opportunity for coaches and swimmers alike to develop a greater understanding of many key areas of competitive swimming.

West Dunbartonshire’s swimmers, Angus Johnston, Freya Milling, Gracie Goodhall, Freya Smith, Alice Cumming, Saphrina Machin and Freya Beaton, are all aged between 11 and 14 and will take part in a series of training camps over the next few months to help develop their talent.

The club’s head coach, Samir Ahmed-Fernandez, said: “It’s encouraging to see these youngsters coming through the programme now having done all the right work over the past 11 months.

“Their consistent approach and hard work is worthy recognition of their selection and I know they learn a lot on their camps which they can then bring back to their daily training programme here.”

Elsewhere, the club also tasted success at last weekend’s West Districts Sprints and Relay meet at Tollcross International Swimming Centre in Glasgow.

West Dunbartonshire’s girls’ Medley A team and Free A team scooped gold and silver in the 4x50m event in the 11-12-years-old age group for a double, while the boys’ Free A team in the 14-15-year-old age group clinched a well-deserved bronze in their 4x50m race.

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