Olympic medallist Robbie thrills young Mid Argyll swimmers

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It was an occasion the young swimmers will never forget as an Olympian came to town.

Mid Argyll Dolphins Swimming Club welcomed Robbie Renwick to Mid Argyll Community Pool on September 28, where the former Scottish and Great Britain international swimmer gave an inspiring talk to the young members before offering some tips in the water.

Robbie was just 16 when he travelled with the Scotland team to the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne. Four years later he was Commonwealth champion in the 200m freestyle when the event was held in Dehli.

He went on to win world championship gold with the GB relay team in 2015 and silver, again in the relay, at the Rio Olympic Games.

29-year-old Robbie explained what it took him to reach the top in his sport: ‘I did 10 two and a half-hour sessions every week, plus spending time in the gym.

‘But I enjoyed the hard work. Even then though I always made sure I had fun every day.’

He talked about the importance of eating correctly – but not denying yourself the odd treat now and again to avoid binging on sweets and other less-than-nutritious foodstuffs.

And above all, he told the young Mid Argyll swimmers, it is essential to focus on technique, because that is what makes the difference between good and great swimmers.

The event was sponsored by Julia and Alan Young of Cooke Aquaculture (Scotland) and supported by Mid Argyll Dolphins sponsor, Landcatch.


Pictured with Robbie Renwick are Molly Dykes, left, and Lorne Barrie, right, with their achievement certificates. In the middle is nine-year-old Olivia Veitch, swimmer of the month, with her Midton Acrylics trophy. no_a40RobbieRenwick01

Mid Argyll Dolphins members with event sponsor Alan Young of Cooke Aquaculture (Scotland) on the left and David Danson from club sponsor Landcatch on the right. no_a40RobbieRenwick02

Robbie Renwick inspires a future generation of Mid Argyll swimmers. 06_a40RobbieRenwick01

Proudly wearing his Commonwealth, Olympic and world championship medals. 06_a40RobbieRenwick02

All smiles at the pool side for a great occasion. 06_a40RobbieRenwick05