MEARNS SWIMMER STRIKES BRONZE

Andrew Mullan of Newton Mearns wins Bronze in the Men's 200m Freestyle S5 Final.
Andrew Mullan of Newton Mearns wins Bronze in the Men's 200m Freestyle S5 Final.

Scotland’s first paralympic medal has been convincingly won by Newton Mearns swimmer, Andrew Mullen.

Andrew was the first Scot to win a medal in the Rio Paralympics after the 19-year-old took bronze in the 200m Freestyle S5 on Saturday evening.

Picture by Rogan Thomson/SWpix.com Andrew Mullen of Newton Mearns competes in the Men's 200m Freestyle S5 Heat 1.

Picture by Rogan Thomson/SWpix.com Andrew Mullen of Newton Mearns competes in the Men's 200m Freestyle S5 Heat 1.

Andrew was one of the most promising members of the British Para-Swimming team having won medals at two world championships and the European Championships.

Mullen has had a stellar start to his international career, most recently at the IPC Swimming World Championships in Glasgow, winning a total of four individual medals.

Kirsten Oswald MP also sent out her congratulations to the Paralympian saying: “It was great to watch Andrew win his medal in Rio, and I am sure many champagne corks were popped in Newton Mearns on Saturday night.

“To win a Paralympic bronze is exceptional and to produce a personal best time in doing so really underlines Andrew’s achievement.

Flytipping in Govanhill

Flytipping in Govanhill

“I am sure this great victory will provide inspiration for swimmers throughout East Renfrewshire and help spur on future generations of Paralympians and Olympians.”

Sportscotland boss Stewart Harris, said: “That was a brilliant performance by Andrew Mullen in the pool, and I’m absolutely thrilled that he has won his first Paralympic medal on the first day of competition in Rio.

“Four years ago in London, Andrew did incredibly well to have two fourth places at just fifteen years old, so he’ll be delighted to go one better and win bronze and claim a British record in doing so.

“It is a great honour for him to be the first Scot on ParalympicsGB to win a medal in Rio. It is a terrific start for him and the team, and I believe that Rio can be a really successful Games for Scottish athletes.”

Lynsey (centre) being presented with her award by Hel�na Herklots, and Duncan Berry, Chief Operating Officer of Bluebird Care.

Lynsey (centre) being presented with her award by Hel�na Herklots, and Duncan Berry, Chief Operating Officer of Bluebird Care.