Mighty Quin gears up for his Rio medal bid

Midlothian swimmer Scott Quin, who will compete at the Rio paralympics next month.

Midlothian swimmer Scott Quin, who will compete at the Rio paralympics next month.

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Loanhead paralympic swimmer Scott Quin has spoken exclusively to The Advertiser ahead of his bid for a Paralympic medal in Rio de Janeiro.

European champion Quin, (26), will compete in the SB14 100 metres breaststroke on September 14, four years after the heartbreak of missing out on his “home” games in London.

Speaking to The Advertiser, Quin revealed he will soon join his team-mates before heading to Brazil together.

He said: “Training has been really good. Over the last two weeks I have been swimming at the Commonwealth Pool in Edinburgh with my coach Chris, focusing on Rio.

“We are going to be training until the 27th of August, then we fly to London and spend five days there.

“The whole swimming team can congregate there, then fly to Rio together.

“It will be quite nice to have a couple of days with the swimming team.”

Among one of the favourites to land a medal, Quin was making no predictions about how he will fare.

He said: “I want to just wait and see what I’m like in the heats.

“Obviously the target for me is a lifetime personal best.

“But to get to the final and swim against the best in the world – Olympic champion Tanaka from Japan, World Champion Marc Evers from Holland and World Record holder Aaron Muirs from Britain – is what it is all about.

“To be honest it’s what happens on the day.

“I’m just going to go out and swim my own race.

“The best thing is to keep things simple.”

After fulfilling his lifetime dream of qualifying to compete in a Paralympic Games Quin is relaxed about Rio.

He said: “Getting to Rio has always been my goal, just to qualify. So to have qualified in April and then be officially selected in the GB team, it sounds crazy, but the job was done.

“Now it’s just been a case of training really hard.

“I have literally done six weeks in the gym non-stop. I’m feeling not too bad.

“Obviously not quite in Taper yet. All that hard work, you are then trying to get your body a bit rested and sharper.

“I feel like I’m in the right place at the moment with a while still to go.”