Triple olympic medal joy for Loanhead swimmer

Swimmer Michelle Moran, from Loanhead  with coach Yvonne Anderson, also from Midlothian

Swimmer Michelle Moran, from Loanhead with coach Yvonne Anderson, also from Midlothian

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A Midlothian swimming coach has told of her joy after one of her pupils took home three medals from the recent Special Olympics in Los Angeles.

Michelle Moran(26), from Loanhead was the only Scottish swimmer in the GB team. She won silver in her 50m breaststroke, bronze in the 50m freestyle and gold as part of the GB freestyle relay team.

Team GB’s swimming coach Yvonne Anderson, also from Midlothian, was delighted with her pupil’s success.

She said: “I’m absolutely thunderstruck. Her winning was the icing on the cake for me. I’m so proud of her achievement. She has competed in regional and national events before but this was her first time at world level.

“I coach her once a week in Loanhead and Lynne Sturgeon takes her at Beeslack once a week also. We give her a training programme and she trains herself the other days.

“It has been a long process, about 10 years. She has done amazing. This takes it to another stage now.

“It’s not only a great achievement for Michelle. But also for Midlothian Council. They have supported us all of the way in this.

“Not only do they support Michelle and I, but many other swimmers here.”

And of the trip to California for her and Midlothian Council’s Senior Sports Personality of the Year 2014 Michelle, Yvonne added: “It was absolutely fabulous. We were away about two weeks. A week at a training camp and a week competing in LA.

“It was a once in a lifetime experience.”