Scotland South and East swimmers shine at UK School Games

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Capital swimmer Archie Goodburn is celebrating after winning a number of medals at the UK School Games.

Representing Scotland South and East, the teenager won gold in the boys’ 200m butterfly event.

The S5 pupil from Stewart’s Melville College produced a brilliant swim to cross the line in 2:08.88 and also won a pair of relay silver medals to cap off a solid meet in Loughborough.

Goodburn, who swims out of Warrender and carried the Great Britain flag at the opening ceremony of the European Youth Olympic Festival this summer, said: “It’s a great feeling. I’ve just started the season so I’m pretty happy.

“It’s definitely infectious, if you see one of your team mates win a medal you’re like ‘if they can do it, I can do it’. In the relays there was a great team spirit and we all came together to win two silvers.

“Now I am looking to hopefully qualify for the European Juniors at the British Open in April now.

“My school are supportive of sport and they give me time off to catch up. It’s the same across all sports so that’s been a great help.”

Goodburn’s medals topped off what was a great meet in the pool generally for Scotland South and East.

This included gold for the girls’ 4x200 freestyle relay team with Ellie Reilly taking top spot in the girls’ 100m breaststroke.

In the multi-disability events, Beth Johnston grabbed two golds and Jack Milne returned with two medals.