Disability swimmers to descend on Galashiels this weekend – Border Telegraph

SWIMMERS of all different abilities will descend on Galashiels this weekend as Borders Disability Sport stages its inaugural Winer Warmer Swimming Gala.
The Borders swim squad, the Barracudas, has been growing in recent years and swimmers travel across Scotland to take part in competitions.
Now, led by Borders Disability Development Officer Greig Shortreed, the group will welcome swimmers from three other clubs to Galashiels Pool on Sunday. Joining the Barracudas will be over 30 swimmers from West Lothian cub Swim IT, Dumfries and Galloway and Lothian Disability.
A range of local swim clubs and officials are supporting the event, including Borders Swimming Meet Convener Joanne Redden and referee Sally Swinney, while the event is being sponsored by Donald Francis of Tweed Chiropractors and Paul Burton Drinks Wholesalers in Kelso.
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Shortreed commented: “It’s fantastic to be able to stage our own event in the Borders and on behalf of Borders Disability Sport I’d like thank all those who have helped so far, our generous sponsors and all who have agreed to support us on the day with all the aspects of organisation that go into this kind of event.
“We have some wonderful people in the Borders with all kinds of swimming ability whose chances to take part in competitions can be very limited. We rely on parents and helpers to help our athletes get to events across the country, so it’s really nice to be at ‘home’, and have swimmers from across the south of Scotland and central belt coming down to Galashiels.
“If anyone would like to support the event, get in touch with me. We know this is going to be an exciting inaugural event and want to ensure as many people can be a part of it as possible.”
Supporters are welcome to attend the inaugural Borders Disability Winter Warmer Swimming Gala, which starts at 10.30am. For further information, contact Greig on: 07880 138722.
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