Edinburgh swimmer Scott Quin was left shattered by his omission from last summer’s Paralympics, but has stayed true to his word as he prepares for his journey to Montreal for the IPC World Championships.
The re-energised 23-year-old departs on Monday with the rest of the GB squad in high spirits as he bids to open a new chapter in his career.
The Warrender Baths prodigy earmarked qualification for this year’s World Championships in Canada as the perfect remedy for the heartache of failing to qualify for the Games in London almost 12 months ago and he has duly succeeded.
“I can put last year’s disappointment to rest now, which is good for me,” Quin said confidently. “I’m really buzzing to get out there now. I think I am only the second disability swimmer for Warrender to qualify for such a major meet, which is a fantastic achievement in itself considering the history of the club. To represent the club is great, but to be going to an event like this as an individual is something else.”
The breaststroke swimmer, who suffers from learning difficulties and competes under the S14 discipline, is in the midst of a purple patch having won gold at the British Gas International event in March, posting a PB in the process of his 100 metres race, and then secured his spot with Team GB just a month later at the World Championship qualification trials which were held in Sheffield. However, Quin anticipates a different calibre of opposition altogether when he takes his place in his heat for the start of the 100m breaststroke.
“Like every athlete I’ve had slight niggles with injuries this year,” he said. “But I have been able to swim through it and not worry too much about it. My goal is to be up there with the big boys and see what happens in both the heats and finals. You just don’t know what guys are going to turn up on the day and that applies to me as well.
“I have certain goals I would like to go for. At the moment I am keeping those to myself, although I am at least expecting to make the final. This season the top three guys in the world have gone a bit slower than their PBs and I am only about a second off them, so it will be a really tight race I think.
“I’ve been to the European Championships, but this is another step up and a completely different level. Standing behind the block is when I think I’ll realise I am racing against the very best in the world so I need that little bit extra.”
Teenage sensation Ellie Simmonds OBE is in the squad for the competition which gets underway on August 12.
Quin added: “I’m really looking forward to going away with the team. We are all there to support each other and I know quite a lot of them. I am quite good friends with Ellie and often get text messages asking how I am doing. We won’t have as early morning training sessions as we usually do and we’ll get rest days before getting into that race mode that we need to be in.”