Youngster swims to glory in Montreal

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MEARNS can now boast a world championship medalist after the success of youngster Andrew Mullen.

The 17-year-old earned a trio of of medals at the IPC Swimming worlds in Montreal.

The Mearns Castle pupil, who is a former Scottish disability sport athlete of the year, claimed 50m butterfly bronze and silver in the 50m backstroke and 200m medley.

As part of a gruelling training regime, Andrew spends 16hours in the pool and four hours in the gym each week. He is supported by the institute of sport as well as his school, who give him extra lessons to allow him to fit school work around his fledgeling career.

The talented swimmer is one of 170 Bank of Scotland local heroes, who are supported as part of the bank’s commitment to helping future sports stars prosper.

However, despite his early success, the athlete insists there is more to come.

He said: “My technique is not as good as it could be.

“But that will come with time.

“As I grow older and become more experienced and have better strength and fitness, I am sure my times will drop.”

Mullen was among one of the busiest British swimmers in Montreal as he also placed fourth and fifth in the 100m and 50m freestyle finals respectively. He also lowering his British 200m medley record to 3:08.64 minutes in the final.

“Only two guys in the world have gone under 3:10 this year, so I am really pleased.

“Coming into the World Championships the medley was one of my main focuses.”