Swimming: Scott Quin told to pay £40 to validate record

Scott 'Quin is determined not to miss out on the Paralympics in Rio next year.
Scott 'Quin is determined not to miss out on the Paralympics in Rio next year.
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Warrender swimmer Scott Quin has been informed by the International Paralympic Committee that he will have to part with £40 if he wishes to secure his 200 metres breaststroke world record – but he revealed today that he won’t be stumping up the cash.

Quin, who suffers from learning difficulties and competes under the S14 discipline of the sport, produced an impeccable swim at last month’s Eastern District Championships in Glenrothes where he registered a world’s best time of 2.25.08

But, despite the 25-year-old’s flawless display in Fife, his time has not been classified as an official world record due to the nature of the event he was competing in.

“It’s not an official record unfortunately but it is the world’s best time and also a British record,” Quin explained. “It wasn’t a licensed event like a Scottish or British Nationals so the domestic events like the Eastern Districts aren’t included in that bracket.

“I was subsequently told by my development officer that if I wanted it to be recorded as a world record then I’d have to pay ¤50 (£40) to the International Paralympic 
Committee. There was no way I was paying that so the whole thing is a bit off, but what can you do.

“It’s good to know I’ve produced a time of that calibre but because the 200m breaststroke is not an official Paralympic event, it maybe doesn’t mean as much to me as it should do.”

Quin is clearly in the form of his life as he bids to qualify for the Paralympics in Rio in September. He produced another masterclass at the British Para National Championships at the Manchester Aquatics Centre last weekend, swimming under the Paralympic qualifying time for the 100m breaststroke.

And, after falling short in his quest to land a spot with Team GB at London in 2012, Quin is determined to ensure he leaves no stone unturned as he looks to secure his ticket to South America next year.

“Unfortunately the 200m breaststroke isn’t an official Paralympic event so my main focus was on the 100m breaststroke and I managed to swim under the qualifying time,” he said. “So my target now is to keep hitting under that time until the trials in April in Glasgow. It’s great to have the trials up here and I’m sure there will be a big turnout at Tollcross for what promises to be a really good event.

“A few people have said to me they’re expecting me to make the team so I just need to keep it going. I’m 90 per cent there and should qualify, but there’s that other 10 per cent of me that thinks I shouldn’t take anything for granted. I’ll also try and qualify for the 200m freestyle, but we’ll just have to wait and see on that one.

“I’m training full-time after finishing college two years ago so all my focus is on next year. I’m happy with how everything is going with Warrender. I’ve had a really good couple of seasons and everything is very much on track.”

Quin admits he is somewhat reluctant to take some downtime over the festive period given what’s at stake next year. However, he has been advised by his coaches to recharge his batteries.

He said: “I’ll take six days off next week, even though I don’t really want to, but I will be back in the pool two days after Christmas. But my theory is I love competing in the sport, I love exercising so I’m still trying to get my head around taking six days off! I’ll take some time to chill out and relax but I’ll be looking forward to getting back in the pool.”