Competing at Glasgow 2018 would be a dream come true for local lad Duncan Scott
Glasgow-born swimmer Duncan Scott says it would be ‘a dream’ to compete in his home town as part of the Glasgow 2018 European Championships.
The 20-year old is currently with the British Swimming team at the FINA World Aquatics Championships in Budapest where he’ll be looking to add to the 4x200m freestyle world title he won two years ago.
Scott is also a double European Champion and was part of Great Britain’s 100m medley and 100m mixed medley relay teams that clinched silver at last year’s Olympic Games in Rio.
With next year’s European Aquatics Championships heading to his home city as part of Glasgow 2018, the Scot is hoping he can add to his growing medal collection in front of an enthusiastic home support.
Swimming events at Glasgow 2018 will be held at Tollcross International Swimming Centre between Friday 3 August 2018 and Thursday 9 August 2018. Tickets start from just £15 for adults and £7.50 for concessions. Buy here.
Scott, who won silver at Tollcross during the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, said: “Having next year’s Europeans in Glasgow is really exciting.
“It would be a dream to compete in my home town again for such a big event, especially after the Commonwealth Games. I was born there so if I was able to compete there I am sure I will have lots of support.
“Hopefully the public can all get behind the event and make it a great success – I know Scotland will put on a good show.”
First up for Scott though is the chance to represent his country at the World Aquatics Championships in Budapest – which you can watch live on BBC (full TV schedule here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/swimming/40423389) .
Having formed the anchor for several medal-winning relay teams over the years, Scott is now keen to add some more individual titles to his name.
A fine showing at this year’s British Swimming Championships, where he retained his 100m freestyle title and added to it with a silver and two bronze medals, will have given him plenty of encouragement.
With the backing of an experienced Great Britain team behind him, containing the likes of James Guy and Glasgow 2018 ambassador Ross Murdoch, Scott believes he can add to the buzz surrounding British Swimming at the moment.
He said: “The World Championships have been a good competition to focus on and channel my efforts.
“I swam really well at the British Championships and I was pleased with the times considering what part of the season it was.
“I would like to show put in a good showing in the individual events in Budapest and in the relays too. Looking at the age of the members in the team, we are looking strong for the years to come.
“The whole British team is in a great place at the minute and it’s great to be a part of that, there’s a really positive atmosphere.
“The relay will come down to who is the right make up for the team. It’s a chance to medal and to fight for podium positions. There is so much experience and it’s a very talented team.”
A full schedule of Glasgow 2018 events – including Swimming at Tollcross International Swimming Centre - is available here
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