Ex-Olympian David Wilkie quits local pool after being told off for swimming too fast

Scottish swimmer David Wilkie celebrates after beating his 200 m breast stroke record during the Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh, July 1970.

Scottish swimmer David Wilkie celebrates after beating his 200 m breast stroke record during the Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh, July 1970.

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Olympic gold medallist David Wilkie has quit his local health club after he was told by a lifeguard to stop swimming so fast.

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The 62-year-old, who won gold in the 200m breaststroke in the 1976 Games was accused of swimming too fast and not taking into account other pool users.

Wilkie, who went to school at Stewart’s Melville College regularly swam 60 lengths at a local club in Bracknell, however, he was told to slow down following complaints from another pool user.

Following a conversation with a senior member of staff, Wilkie resigned his £190-a-month membership at the club in Bracknell.

A Virgin Active spokesman said: “‘We take any complaints we receive from our members seriously. We spoke with Mr Wilkie to resolve his complaint and we were sorry to see him leave our Club.”