Midlothian swimmer makes a really big splash

Midlothian swimmer, Fraser Wilson
Midlothian swimmer, Fraser Wilson

Midlothian swimmer Fraser Wilson capeed a great year by being selected for this year’s Scottish Swimming youth development squad.

His consistent results meant he qualified for inclusion into this national development squad for the first time.

Fraser (13) said: “ I will put 100 per cent into training so that I can improve my personal best times and compete against the best in the country.

“As soon as I got the letter for this squad I was looking to see what I had to do to get to the next level up. My next competition target is to retain being the East District Champion.”

Fraser recently attended the first of two weekend training camps at the National swim Centre in Stirling.

He completed eight hours of swim training in addition to land training and education sessions. Along with a total of 44 swimmers from 21swimming clubs, he learned from the first hand experience of double Commonwealth Games gold medalist, Caitlin McClatchey.

She took to twitter afterwards to say how much she “Enjoyed chatting to the Youth Development Squad”.

Not letting the selection go to his head,Fraser thanked his coaches, Colin Barton and Gilbert Kirkwood, and Scottish Swimming for their investment of time, adding: “I couldn’t do this without the support of my parents.”

On Boxing Day, Fraser will attend a further four day training camp, and his performances will be monitored during several competitions this year.

He will then have the opportunity to be selected to represent Scotland at youth level at an overseas competition early in the new year

He said: “I hope all my hard training and dedication is beginning to pay off, I’m hoping to improve my personal best times, work on my training and mindset ,so that I can be selected.”

Fraser added that he found working with the other swimmers, “very motivating”.