Swimmer Donald is back on the big stage

Donald Gray
Donald Gray

TEENAGE swimmer Donald Gray is set to make a big splash at the Sainsbury’s UK School Games this weekend.

The 15-year-old, who was born with spina bifada, will be competing for the South-East Scotland team in the 100m front crawl, 100m breast stroke and 50m front crawl at the event in Sheffield.

A fourth-year pupil at the high school, Donald told the Hawick News this week: “I’m very happy to have been picked for the games and can’t wait to go to represent Scotland.”

The selection is just reward for Donald’s dedication to his swimming. He trains three times a week at Teviotdale Leisure Centre as well as with the national squad every month.

Donald is no stranger to the big stage, having previously competed in the DSE National Junior Disability Swimming Championships in Sheffield earlier this year when he won gold in the 100m breaststroke and silver medals in both the 50m and 100m freestyle events.

High school deputy head teacher Alison Little said: “There has been a rigorous selection process which Donald has made it through to represent Scotland and it also sees him given the opportunity to put a foot on the first step of the pathway to high performance. Everyone at the school wishes him well.”