Kris Gilchrist always had a maturity beyond his years during his swimming career, so it was no surprise to see him thrive when he turned his hand to coaching.
The breaststroke specialist from Edinburgh was one of Great Britain’s leading breaststrokers in the 2000s, winning a world short-course title in 2008 in Manchester.
And while Adam Peaty may now be tearing up the record books, it is in Scotland that British breaststroke has traditionally been at its strongest.
From the great David Wilkie in the 1970s, through to the likes of Gilchrist and his successors Michael Jamieson and latterly Ross Murdoch, Scottish swimming has often enjoyed its greatest success in breaststroke.
Gilchrist made his international bow back in 2006, winning a bronze medal in the European Championships in the 200m breaststroke, before adding a Commonwealth relay bronze in Melbourne.
Two years later he enjoyed global success in Manchester before representing Britain in both the 100m and 200m breaststroke in Beijing.
He would go on to break the British record in the 200m breaststroke a year later in Rome but by 2012, the next generation of British breaststrokers had emerged, and after missing out at the Olympic trials, Gilchrist called it a day.
His attention immediately turned to coaching at Warrender Baths and in 2016 his star had risen to the point that he was selected as part of the coaching team for the British Paralympic team in Rio.
Gilchrist came through SportScotland’s Coaching Futures programme as part of their first intake, and since Rio has been coaching in Singapore as the head of aquatics at the United World College South East Asia.
While his swimming days may be behind him, Gilchrist’s impact on the world of swimming endures.