A GREENOCK swimmer who has been crowned a Scottish champion has praised her coaches for helping her to the top.

Aimee Watson, 14, started swimming with Inverclyde Amateur Swimming Club at the age of 10 and now she is one of the best in the country.

Aimee was one of 15 swimmers from the club to compete in the Scottish National Age Group championships and claimed gold in the 50m and 100m breaststroke.

She also took silver in the 200m breaststroke and the 200m individual medley.

Aimee is delighted to see all her hard work in training pay off.

She said: “I have always enjoyed swimming and I love being in the pool.

"I didn’t know much about competitions and competing wasn’t on my radar until I joined IASC.

“I have really started to make progress over the last year."

Aimee credits her rapid progress to the club and the support of her coaches, family and friends.

She said: “The coaches are great, I don’t think I would have come so far without them encouraging me and pushing me.

"They are all amazing and so supportive.

“Although they want us to do well they are there to support us and don’t put pressure on us.

"I put pressure on myself and I know when I haven’t done as well as I could.

“It was great to see my hard work pay off and the coaches, others at the club and my family were delighted.

"My dad was super proud.”

Aimee’s dad Steven said: “It is an honour to see Aimee succeed in her sport and I will always do what I can to help her, she is really starting to understand the sport and work it out and although it is competitive they all encourage one another.

“It is great to watch them interact with the younger swimmers who look up to them, it makes me very proud.

“I was delighted and I am so proud of Aimee.”