TWO swimming siblings are making a splash after being selected to race against the country’s elite athletes a prestigious national competition.
Thomas and Molly Cannon have been picked to represent St Columba’s High School in Gourock at the Scottish Schools Swimming Championship today.
The dynamic duo, whose dedication see them train NINE times a week with Inverclyde Amateur Swimming Club, say they hope to do their school proud.
Thomas, 15, told the Tele: “I’m really happy to be competing at this event.
“It is great to be able to represent my school at something like this.
“I have competed at other national events so I know some of the guys I will be facing and I’m hopeful of doing well.”
Sister Molly, 12, is equally as excited to have made it through to the gala event at the Dollan Aqua Centre in East Kilbride.
She said: “I can’t wait!
“I have butterflies in my stomach thinking about it but I’m really looking forward to representing St Columba’s.”
The talented brother and sister team are no strangers to hard work — diving into a punishing regime that sees them in the water every day.
Thomas added: “We both train nine times a week, which includes seven days a week in the pool and twice a week working at the gym or doing circuits.
“We train at 5.15am so we’re used to early starts. I’d like to think we could both swim for Scotland in the future.”
At today’s event, Thomas has been seeded seventh in the final of the 100m and 200m breaststroke and will be on the starting blocks facing the top swimmers in country in his 15 to 16 year age category.
Molly is currently swimming in a banding above her age group and has been selected as first reserve for 100m breaststroke in the 13 to 14 year age category.
The Inverkip siblings say their mum Elaine, who is the membership secretary at the Inverclyde Amateur Swimming Club, and their dad Paul, are both very proud of them.
Lindsay McGurk, head of faculty for health and wellbeing at St Columba’s, said everyone at the school is rooting for them.
She said: “We are all very proud of Thomas and Molly’s achievements.
“They are both dedicated to their sport and all at St Columba’s wish them the best of luck.”