Westminster praise for the Mighty Quin

Owen Thompson, SNP MP for Midlothian, and Scott Quin, Loanhead's Paralympic
Owen Thompson, SNP MP for Midlothian, and Scott Quin, Loanhead's Paralympic

Midlothian MP Owen Thompson saluted Loanhead’s Paralympic hopeful Scott Quin with a motion in the House of Commons last week.

Mr Thompson was the primary sponsor of an Early Day Motion to the UK parliament, congratulating Scott on his nomination for Sporting Hero in the Daily Record Our Heroes awards and wishing him continued sporting success.

Scott was diagnosed with Crouzon Syndrome at birth and given a 3 per cent chance of surviving past his first birthday. Defying the odds, at 25 he has gone on to become one of the UK’s top para-sport swimmers and a record-breaking Paralympic hopeful.

The Loanhead swimmer was happy to receive such recognition at Westminster.

He said: “It was quite nice. And it was good to meet Owen. It was nice to hear his views about sport in general.”

Scott currently holds the British record for 100m and 200m Breaststroke, and he now has this year’s Paralympic Games in Rio in his sights.

He said: “I have got two swimming meets, this weekend in Ireland and next weekend in Edinburgh. World-class athletes will be there. After that, it’s six weeks to the Paralympic trials in Glasgow (April 23-27). I’m feeling pretty relaxed. I haven’t raced in 2016, I have been keeping my head down and training hard, but once I get these two meets out of the way I will be raring to go.”

Scott is also an ambassador for the UK Sports Association for People with Learning Difficulties, hoping to inspire other young disabled people to take up sport.

Mr Thompson (SNP) said: “I was delighted to present the Early Day Motion in honour of Scott Quin.

“His Sporting Hero nomination for the Daily Record Our Heroes Awards is well deserved. He is an inspiration to all, and the true definition of sporting hero.

“I wish him all the best at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio and look forward to cheering on his progress.”