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Tain teen called-up for Team Scotland's Youth Development Swimming Squad

By Staff Reporter

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Elise Cosens from Tain.
Elise Cosens from Tain.

Elise Cosens, 14, from Tain, has been selected for Team Scotland's Youth Development Squad to compete in the Dave McCullagh International in Bangor, Ireland.

The third form pupil – who attends Strathallan School in Perthshire – says she is over the moon to be selected for the prestigious team which includes an invitation to take part in the international swim meet in Ireland from February 20-23.

She said: "Less than five months ago, I was training mainly on my own but now I'm part of a team preparing to swim internationally for Scotland. I can't believe it.

"I'm so excited for the meet in Ireland next month, it will be my first swim competition outside of Scotland."

Elise has been making waves at the school ever since she joined in September on a swimming scholarship. Since starting at Strathallan, Elise has recorded a number of significant personal best times and has really begun to stand out, says her swim coach, Elaine Johnston.

She says that her pupil's fast times aren't the only thing her competitors should worry about in Ireland.

She said: "Elise's progress has been exciting to watch. She came to us not that long ago as a sprinter but her determination and hard work ethic has meant she is now equally holding her own at longer distances.

"The Youth Development Squad is a fantastic introduction to international swimming; in fact it was the same squad that former pupil and current Olympian Duncan Scott was first selected for.

"We are thrilled to see Elise get the national recognition she has worked so hard for. Training with the Scottish squad is only going to increase her performances and her goal of representing her country across the globe."

Last year more than 60 Strathallan students represented Team GB and Team Scotland in sport.

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