Silver lining to Jak’s 2014 medal bid

Team Scotland Camp at Stirling Uni for Glasgow 2014
Team Scotland Camp at Stirling Uni for Glasgow 2014

COMMONWEALTH swimmer Jak Scott gave his all for Bo’ness and Scotland on Sunday as he tried to repeat his 2010 medal success.

Jak was part of Team Scotland’s 4x200 metre relay squad, and while his Sunday morning time didn’t see him picked for the evening final, it did secure his team-mates a prime lane to bring home Commonwealth silver.

That’s the same medal Jak achieved in Delhi 2010, and despite a frustrating injury-hit season the 23-year-old 
accountancy student says the home crowd at Glasgow 2014 have inspired him to keep on trying.

‘‘My own performance has been pretty disappointing this year in general for myself. A lot of things have gone wrong with a shoulder injury for four or five months hampering my training somewhat.

‘‘I did everything I could and I am happy I came away from Sunday knowing I have given it 100 per cent but it was not to be.’’

And he says the selectors were right not to pick him for the final.

‘‘I am very very happy with the decision that was made not to put me in the final four.

‘‘I am still very proud to have represented my country and extremely privileged to do so.

‘‘I was poolside to watch the guys in the final on Sunday night, it was crazy and I am only just recovering my voice.’’

He paid special tribute to 17-year-old silver medalist Duncan Scott who swims for Falkirk, describing him as ‘‘such a talented swimmer;’’ and a great hope for the future.

Jak’s parents Jim and Rose Scott live in Academy Road, Bo’ness, and they and his brother Chris, an airline pilot, were part of the super Sunday crowd cheering him on.

Jak says that through some of the harder times this season he has thought about packing it in but that has all changed.

‘‘Swimming in front of that crowd made me even more 
determined to come back next season and right some wrongs. My family have supported me 100 per cent through all of my swimming career and I am 
extremely grateful.’’

Jak was brought up in Hawick and went to school there, though completed his fifth year at Linlithgow Academy before heading to Stirling University. The family moved to Bo’ness to make Jak’s commute for training easier.

He now does 30 hours a week in the pool, with three weights sessions and two 
circuits sessions to fit in - one of the main reason he is splitting his final term at university and doing it part-time over two years.

Another Scot flying high was Susan McKelvie, PE teacher at Grange Primary, Bo’ness.

Hammer thrower Susan got through to the final on Monday night, finally finishing in an impressive sixth place.

However, there was disappointment for Queensferry high jumper Allan Smith who pulled out of the event at the 11th hour.

No reason was given for his non-appearance.