28 May 2019
Swimming for her Club, Perth City Swim, Katherine, who is on a Sports Scholarship at Kilgraston School, won the Open 200m Fly in the B Final with a new personal best time 2:23:34, also a new Midland District record. After the race, the commentator noted: “Katherine is one for the future.”
In addition to this result, Katherine came a very impressive ninth place in the A Final 400m Free, with a time of 4:28:96, with places Fifth to Ninth all coming in with exceptionally close times in the 4:28 bracket.
For this time, Katherine hit a coveted ‘Gold’ time, which means she has just two ‘Golds’ left to achieve before the end of July to be considered for a place in Scotland’s Gold Squad. If she hits this target, and makes the team, there is a chance for sponsorship, additional training and physiotherapy.
“Swimming is a very tough sport and, with twelve hours’ training in the pool each and every week, it takes a big commitment however, when you achieve a result like this it makes all the hard work very worthwhile,” said Katherine.
Hosting 840 athletes from all over Europe, including Danish, Greece, Finnish and some of the UK’s top performers, this is the last meet of the season where competitors can achieve British Summer Meet times.
Director of Sport at Kilgraston, Pauline Stott, herself a former Olympic athlete, commented: “Swimming demands a huge amount from its participants and I have nothing but praise for the dedication that Katherine demonstrates, not only with her swimming but also in the coaching help that she offers younger swimmers. She’s at a critical stage of her education too so we keep a very close eye on her training/study balance and meet each week to make sure all is on track. This is a great achievement.”
The next big competition for Katherine is the Scottish Summer Meet in Edinburgh’s Commonwealth Pool in July.