A YOUNG Forres swimmer has been selected to take part in a regional programme to develop talent.
Forres Bluefin’s Owen Carroll (12) topped off his spectacular medal-winning season with selection to the District Regional Programme (DRP), an initiative run by Scottish Swimming.
It is designed to aid the development of swimmers aged 11 to 14 who demonstrate the highest quality techniques and times in the pool.
The programme underpins the National Programme of Senior, Youth and Youth Development squads.
Owen, who dreams of one day becoming an Olympic swimmer, made five qualifying times, which put him in contention to attend the DRP. In the training there, he has had instruction from top Scottish Swimming coaches and had a session with Scottish Elite Swimmer, Craig McLean.
Owen’s excellent performances at training saw him selected to attend a stroke camp. This is the pinnacle he can achieve in swimming for his age group in Scotland.
Owen’s medal-winning run continued at the recent Garioch 200m swim meet at Inverurie Swimming centre.
He returned home with six medals, coming in first in the 200m y, 200m individual medley, 200m breaststroke and 50m y and runner up in the 200m backstroke and 50m backstroke.