Warrender’s Scott Quin insists missing out on the festival of London 2012 has left him determined to throw a pool party in Rio by bringing home a medal from the Paralympics.
The 26-year-old from Edinburgh will chase a podium spot in the 100m breaststroke SB14 today – 13 months after taking world silver over the distance in Glasgow.
It’s been a hard grind, the Capital hope admits, after just missing out last time the Games came around and then having to pick himself up off the floor.
“I had tickets for the London Games,” Quin said. “I went down and watched as a spectator but there was some bitterness about not getting to swim. But it made me realise I was developing as an athlete and after that, I was so hungry and had a huge focus. I’m so much better now about understanding what I need to do to be the best.
“That disappointment of not being selected made me want to prove to people I was worthy of representing GB. I’ve had to work ten times harder every day for the past four years, even if I’ve had a niggle or things haven’t gone right. It can be stressful.”
Elsewhere, East Lothian’s Stephen Clegg will try to match elder sister Libby with a medal when he goes in the 100m Backstroke S12.