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Borders swimmer selected for Glasgow 2014

Lucy Hope from the Borders will compete in Glasgow this summer Credit: Team Scotland

A swimmer from the Scottish Borders has been selected for the Commonwealth Games. Lucy Hope, who's from Melrose, will compete in the 4x200 metre freestyle event at the Games which begin in Glasgow in July.

Team Scotland is sending its largest ever Aquatics Team Credit: Team Scotland

Team Scotland is sending its largest Aquatics team ever to a Commonwealth Games, with 38 swimmers and two divers selected for Glasgow 2014. Scotland has won a total of 73 medals in aquatics(including 20 gold), more than any other sport.

Organisers explain appeal of the Big Chill

The event has been organised by Chillswim, which is run by Colin Hill and Steph Cox, from High Wray near Hawkshead, who are also both accomplished winter swimmers.

I think The Big Chill 2014 will be a fantastic event. I am very pleased by the number of people who are taking part. Winter swimming has really taken off in the UK in the last year, and we are proud to be at the forefront of this movement with our International Winter Swimming Association event. Winter swimming can seem like a very odd idea to the uninitiated, but the sense of wellbeing and exhilaration you get when you have finished the swim is quite incredible. All your endorphins kick in. It is an amazing, life-affirming experience.

– Colin Hill Organiser

Nearly six hundred to take the plunge

It is not for the faint hearted, wetsuits are not permitted and the water will be below five degrees, but hundreds of swimmers have signed up to race over 30, 50 and 450 metres as well as an epic 1000 extreme event for the very experienced cold water veterans.

Top level competitors include Estonian winter swimming endurance world champion Henri Kaarma and the head of the International Winter Swimming Association Mariia Yrjö-Koskinen.


Full Report: Small Cumbrian swimming club makes big splash

A small swimming club in Cumbria has made a big splash in a national competition.

Cockermouth Swimming Club came thirteenth over all in the National Age group and Youth Championships, putting them ahead of many clubs from large cities.

The teenage swimmers also broke a wave of county and national records, some from events well above their age group.

Richard Wilson's full report is below.

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