Young people take centre stage as Tollcross comes alive for EuroSwim – LEN


A strong British team will contest the LEN European Short Course Swimming Championships in Glasgow, featuring four recently-crowned world champions. Here’s our one-stop-shop for getting to know your home heroes that will descend on Tollcross and compete for medals with Europe’s best. Freya Anderson: a Scouse sensation whose inexorable rise shows no signs of slowing. IG – […]
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Europe’s elite scrabbled for lanes in Sunday morning’s heats ahead of a grandstand final night, promising ten back-to-back finals and non-stop drama. With Freya Anderson going for gold once again and Duncan Scott set to race in three finals, it’s set to be a memorable evening with limited tickets still available for the session. Here […]
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Freya Anderson did it again. Great Britain’s teenage sensation sent a loud Tollcross crowd wild for a second night running, soaring to 200m freestyle success and thumping her own national record. Then back to anchor her nation to silver in the mixed 4x50m freestyle, taking the medal tally to nine, Anderson is emerging as the […]
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Three Things from Tollcross: Champions back in the pool on sprint Saturday

Day Three heroes rode the wave of their success on Saturday morning as a bumper weekend at EuroSwim gathers pace. Gold medallists from Friday night Freya Anderson, Vladimir Morozov and Katinka Hosszu all dived back into competition and underlined their multiple medal credentials. Here are three things you might have missed from the morning session. […]
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Anderson outshines big names to claim gold on thrilling Friday at EuroSwim

A star is born in Great Britain’s Freya Anderson, who held off a world-class field to win 100m freestyle gold at the LEN European Short Course Championships. Anderson, 18, sealed a maiden international title with aplomb in front of a boisterous home crowd at Tollcross, a superb final two lengths underpinning a personal best 51.49. […]
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Three things from Tollcross: Britain set up frantic Friday night at EuroSwim

Friday at EuroSwim is already coming to the boil after morning heats bubbled away and teed up more medal chances for Britain in the Tollcross pool. After sealing medals on Thursday night, Duncan Scott, Vladimir Morozov and Kira Toussaint returned to the water and showed their class once again. Here are three quick takeaways from […]
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Litchfield bags Britain gold as world record falls at EuroSwim

It’s all on track to Tokyo for Max Litchfield after dominant 400m individual medley gold at the LEN European Short Course Championships. The Yorkshireman, who arrived in Glasgow with an entry time four seconds quicker than any other, delivered Britain’s first EuroSwim gold medal to the delight of a bumper Tollcross crowd. Litchfield’s family, also […]
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Huge volunteer effort forms backbone of smooth running of EuroSwim

More than 225 volunteers have teamed up with Glasgow Life to deliver the LEN European Short Course Championships at Tollcross International Swimming Centre this week, with applicants from as far away as Hungary and the United Arab Emirates. From directing spectators to their seats, providing information and support to the swimmers and the media, organizing […]
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Three things from Tollcross: Scott’s away on Day Two at EuroSwim

A pulsating first night gave way to a fascinating second morning with the LEN European Short Course Championships well underway. It was Italy atop the medal table after Day One, but eight further champions will be crowned at Tollcross tonight and Britain will be well in the hunt. Here are three things we learned from […]
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Young people take centre stage as Tollcross comes alive for EuroSwim

As the LEN European Short Course Swimming Championships got underway in Glasgow this week, hundreds of youngsters from across the city are set to be at the heart of this world-class event taking place at Tollcross International Swimming Centre 4-8 December.

More than 900 of the city’s school children have been given the opportunity to get a taste of the action attending the heats sessions, where they will be treated to fast and furious racing from Europe’s finest.

Complete with ‘Thundersticks’, the primary aged pupils will play their part in creating a great warm Scottish welcome for the athletes from 49 countries across Europe.

Whitehill Secondary from Dennistoun are a swimming mad school, and lucky enough to have their own pool on site, so they jumped at the chance when they were invited to supply kit carriers for the Championships, along with pupils from Hutcheson’s Grammar School.

33 pupils aged 14-16 years are helping to swiftly maneuver the athletes’ kit from the start line to the pick-up point to enable the swimmers to quickly get dressed and keep warm.

With 38 races in this morning’s session everyone was kept busy and got their daily steps done in the process.

After the session, event mascot Bonnie the Seal and GB team member Scott McLay took time out to meet the youngsters and thank them for their support.

Also fulfilling this function in the evenings and at the weekend are groups of youngsters from City of Glasgow, Lanark, Larkhall, Milngavie and Bearsden Amateur Swimming Clubs as well as individuals from a range of clubs across the country.

In total 108 young people will be helping out with this important task, whilst having the opportunity to watch many of those destined for success at the Olympic Games in Tokyo next year.

A further eight sports leaders aged 16 -18 years from Hillhead High School will have the honour of carrying the medals to the presentation podium during the evening finals sessions.

To delight of the home crowd, mascot Bonnie the Seal is back and in the thick of it, thanks to seven young people recruited to the Glasgow Physical Education, Physical Activity and School Sport team as Modern Apprentices.

They have been gaining valuable work experience over the last three months working alongside Glasgow Life staff in the delivery of the mascot programme and today they got their opportunity to take centre stage at the Championships.

Billy Garrett, Director of Sport and Events at Glasgow Life and Co-Chair of the Glasgow 2019 Steering Committee, said: “Glasgow is currently one of the top five ultimate sporting cities in the world, and identified as amongst the best for legacy.

“Events like the European Short Course Swimming Championships are what help us gain these accolades, and by staging major events, we can also ensure we continue to inspire the next generation, and deliver a sound grassroots sport programme for young people across the city.

“We are delighted that so many young people will either have the chance to experience the world-class swimming first hand, or take an active part in delivering the event, and I am sure they will have a memorable experience up close to the action.”

Tickets for the event are still available HERE and from the Tollcross box office.