Swimmer Zoe makes a splash at Scottish

Zoe with fellow pupil Blair Johnston who won a silver medal.
Zoe with fellow pupil Blair Johnston who won a silver medal.

Super swimmer Zoe 
McDonald put in a stunning performance when she 
competed at recent Scottish Schools Championships.

As well as clinching a gold medal, the 15-year-old’s time of 1min 13.56secs 
in the 100m breaststroke qualifies her to compete in 
Olympic trials.

The Boclair Academy 
pupil joined fellow talented young East Dunbartonshire swimmers at the contest at Tollcross International Swim Centre. They clinched an impressive nine gold and four silver 
medals between them.

Councillor Anne Jarvis, Chair of the EDLC Trust said: “To pick up 13 medals in such a competitive arena is a wonderful achievement.

“Zoe performed brilliantly. To be able to now compete on an international stage is 
fantastic news for her. “

A record 18 schools took part in the original East Dunbartonshire heats, organised by the Trust’s Swimming Development team and supported by volunteers at Milngavie and Bearsden, Scotia, Kirkintilloch and Kilsyth swimming clubs.

As well as taking gold in the under 12s 50m freestyle, 
Scotia swimmer Ruairi McKinnon also won the boys’ best individual performance at the championships.

Medal winners: Boclair Academy: Zoe McDonald (gold, 100m breastroke), Blair Johnstone (silver, 50m backstroke); Bearsden Academy: Serena Iheagwaran (gold, 200m butterfly,gold, 100m butterfly), Ellis Sheils (gold, 100m backstroke, gold 200m backstroke), Max Burns (gold, 100m backstroke); Lenzie Academy: Duncan McKinney (gold, 200m freestyle); Kirkintilloch High: Eilidh Smith (gold, 100m freestyle, silver 200m ind medley), Woodhill Primary: Katie Shanahan (gold, 50m backstroke) and Millersneuk Primary: Ruairi McKinnon (gold, 50m freestyle).