Warrender’s George Clough wins six Scottish golds

Swimming champion, George Clough
Swimming champion, George Clough
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Warrender’s George Clough, 14, is gearing up for the British age-group swimming championships in Sheffield later this month after success at the Scottish event in Aberdeen a year after major back surgery.

The James Gillespie’s HS pupil won six gold, silver and two bronze individual medals as well as two silver and a bronze as part of the boys’ 10-14 relay team.

Altogether, George, pictured, took part in 22 races, 11 of them individual events. The one race where he did not hit medal rankings was the 100 metres butterfly, missing bronze by 0.17 seconds.

George’s contribution helped Warrender finish top club overall, equalling the feat of the seniors at their meet earlier this year.

Several other Warrender swimmers stood out, notably Katie Stark and Niamh Ritchie, who came away with several medals.

Katie, 15, demonstrated growing versatility across freestyle and butterfly events claiming two golds (100 and 200 freestyle) and four silver (50 freestyle, 400 freestyle, 100 and 200 butterfly) medals in individual events, plus three relay bronze medals.

Going into the meet hoping for a couple of silver medals, 13-year-old Niamh upset expectations with breakthroughs across a number of events, including a win in the 200 metres backstroke while finishing on the podium in freestyle, backstroke and individual medley events.

Others to watch out for include Emma Harvey, Roisin Ramsay and Taylor Finlayson in the 12-and-under girls, and Archie Goodburn and Jamie Macdonald in the boys 13 and under age group.

In the 15-18 years 4 x 200 freestyle relay, Katie Stark, Kimberley Mackay, Ailsa Timoney and Jordon Sturt broke the Scottish junior club record.

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