Strathaven swimming stars Douglas and Corrie Scott were celebrating at the weekend after they both claimed titles at the Scottish Short Course Championships in Edinburgh.
Representing EK Swim Team, 21-year-old Douglas powered his way to gold in the men’s 100m breaststroke event in one minute and two seconds as sister Corrie claimed two individual silver awards and also took home two team golds and one team silver with her Edinburgh University team-mates.
Douglas added to his gold by claiming silver in the 200m breaststroke, with a time of 2:11.02, losing out on another gold by just 0.01 of a second.
But it was his time in the100m final that disappointed him most – despite taking a second off his personal best.
Douglas explained: “It was a really great feeling to win the 100m gold but I was really disappointed not to go under one minute.
“It was still a personal best time but I’ve been training hard all summer and I was aiming to get under the minute, so to get that close is a bit annoying. The 200m breaststroke was a PB as well and it was a very close race.
“I was only beaten by 0.01 of a second and I know if there was another couple of metres I would have edged in front, but I’m happy overall and I’m now looking forward to the next challenge.”
And for Douglas that involves preparation for the British Championships in June, which also act as the trials for the World Championships.
The former Strathaven Academy pupil is heading to Arizona on January 5 for a three-work training camp at altitude to help prepare him for the big event.
Meanwhile, Corrie took home a whole host of medals from Edinburgh as she recorded a personal best of 1:07.62 in the women’s 100m breaststroke final to take silver and also grabbed a PB in the 50m final with a time of 31.29 seconds.
Add to that gold in the 200m medley relay final, gold in the 200m freestyle relay final and silver in the 400m freestyle relay and Corrie was overjoyed with her results.
The 19-year-old said: “I’m not a very good short course swimmer – I’m someone who needs to get a rhythm going – so I was pleased with the two silvers. And they were both PBs, so that was good as well.”
Corrie will head to an intense training camp in Fuerteventura in the Canaries on December 29.