Glenalmond Pupil Wins Young Sportsperson Award

A pupil at Glenalmond College has won the 2020 Young Sportsperson of the Year
Award, run by Auchterarder and District Rotary Club.


Katherine B, who is in Lower Sixth, is delighted to have received the award which recognises her hard work and outstanding performance in swimming and her inspiration as a sporting role model for other young people.

Katherine was this year again selected to be a member of the Scottish Swimming Youth Squad and had been due to attend the Olympic trials in London after qualifying for four events (400m, 800m and 1500m freestyle and 200m butterfly). 

In February, at the McCullagh International meet in Bangor, she took silver in the 1500m freestyle and bronze in the 800m freestyle, picking up the times she needed to qualify for these events at the Olympic trials. She made finals in three of her other four events in Bangor. 

The Edinburgh International Meet became the last meet of the season before Lockdown came into force. Katherine swam three events at the Meet coming 9th in the 400m freestyle picking up the final qualifying time she needed for the Olympic trials.  

Katherine, who is a member of Perth City Swim Club and also trains in the Glenalmond pool, says she loved swimming because, while it is hard work, it is also great fun in a very friendly community. She is thrilled to have received the Rotary Award.

“I’ve really enjoyed some amazing experiences travelling with Perth City and the Scottish Swimming Youth Squad team and it’s a great opportunity to go to new places and meet new people,” said Katherine.

“I’m very lucky to have Ann Dickson as my coach. Ann is really supportive and knows how to get the best out of me. This year I’m also fortunate to be assisted by Richard Norris and Paul Wilkinson at Glenalmond College.”

Graham Smith, Director of Sport at Glenalmond College, congratulated Katherine on the award and said pupils and staff at the school are incredibly proud of what she has achieved.

“Katherine is a fantastic role model for other pupils and combines an amazing work ethic and commitment to her sport, with still having time for friends, fun and lots of other aspects of school life which are so important.

“There is no doubt that she is utterly dedicated to swimming and constantly challenging herself to get better but she manages to retain a keen sense of humour and fun which is so great to see.”

Maitland Wilson, President of Aucherarder and District Rotary Club said: "We are delighted to be able to acknowledge Katherine's achievements in the realm of swimming and also to recognise her commitment to the sport.  She is, indeed, a most worthy winner of this year's Young Sportsperson Award and a role-model for her peers.  We congratulate her and wish her every success in the future, both in swimming and in her studies."