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Paisley Piranhas Make A Splash At The Regional Championships


Six swimmers from the Paisley Piranhas Swimming Club made a huge splash on Saturday (25 February) at the Regional Championships for the West of Scotland Federation of Swimming Clubs for People with a Disability.

The event, run by Scottish Disability Sport, saw the team win eight gold medals and two silver medals.

Rory Wilson, 15, from Elderslie, and Toni Napolitano, 18, from Bridge of Weir, were representing Renfrewshire and the Paisley Piranhas for the first time. Both achieved gold medals in their 25 metre freestyle events.

Jennifer Costello, 14, from Renfrew, and Ryan McLelland, 14, from Paisley, who were also competing for the first time, achieved an amazing three gold medals and one silver medal.

Ryan achieved gold in his 25 metre back crawl event and silver for the 25 metre freestyle. Jennifer achieved two golds; one for her 25 metre back crawl and the other for 50 metre freestyle.

Matthew Knowles achieved gold in 50 metre freestyle and silver in his 25 metre back crawl.

Graeme McNeil, 19, from Houston competed in the 50 metre freestyle and 25 metre back crawl events and achieved gold in both.

Councillor Susan McDonald, Renfrewshire Council’s Sports Champion, said: “This is an outstanding achievement for these young athletes and for Renfrewshire. It’s great that the swimming club offers young people with disabilities these training and competition opportunities.”

The swimming club, run by Renfrewshire Council Active Schools, currently has 15 swimmers. Senior pupils from Johnstone High and Paisley Grammar who are working towards their swimming teacher training qualifications – help the club’s swimming coaches.

The club provides and caters for those with learning and physical disabilities from children into adulthood.

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