16th April 2014 back to news

Well Done Craig!

G+S Rising Star has met the qualifying time for the Commonwealth Games!

This is what Craig had to say about his recent experience:

"Over the last two weeks I have been competing at the Scottish National Championships and then a week later the British Championships. Both competitions acted as opportunities to qualify for Team Scotland at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. The selection policy stated that an athlete had to make a qualification time as well as finish in the top three in Scotland in that particular event.

At the Scottish Championships I was desperately unfortunate not to meet the qualification standards. In the 200m breaststroke I was under the qualifying time by almost three seconds but finished fourth in Scotland, 0.6 seconds behind the leader. The following day in the 100m breaststroke, I managed to finish in the top three but missed the qualification standard by the smallest margin possible, 0.01 seconds.

I was totally devastated and could see my dream slipping from my grasp. I knew that I still had the British Championships the following week though and I dusted myself off and refocused my mind to the job at hand.

Up first at the British Championships was again the 200m breaststroke. This time I managed to finish in the top three in Scotland but failed to beat the 3rd ranked time from the week before meaning that I had missed the qualification in that event. For the third time in just over a week I had to pick myself up and put the disappointments behind me. With the 100m breaststroke the following day being my last opportunity to qualify for the Games I managed to regroup and believe that I deserved to be on the team. I swam faster than the week before and met the qualifying standards for selection for the Commonwealth Games. I was SO overwhelmed with relief and excitement!!!

With just under 100 days to go until the Commonwealth Games, I still have a lot of hard work to do and I cannot wait for the challenges ahead. Knowing that I am going to be representing my country this Summer is a huge honour and opportunity and is one that I cannot wait to embrace."