Family say fond farewell as Andrew heads for Melbourne

Gairns family: Stewart, Andrew, Hannah and Marie. picture: submitted
Gairns family: Stewart, Andrew, Hannah and Marie. picture: submitted

A Fraserburgh family with a passion for swimming are getting set to say a fond farewell to their son as he jets off to Melbourne to pursue a swimming career.

Andrew Gairns (18), first hit the water at six weeks old; growing up in the Broch he swam with the Broch Seals, where he now helps his father Stewart coach.

Employed by Aberdeenshire Council, Andrew works in Fraserburgh swimming pool and pools around the area and provides lessons to children at Westfield School.

Inspired by following his dream of teaching PE, Andrew applied to become a coach with Sport Lived, an organisation that helps young people explore the world through sport, by combining playing or coaching sport with a gap year. During his six-month trip to Melbourne, he will coach children aging from 5 to 14 years.

Andrew’s father recently took to the freezing cold jelly fish-infested north sea when he completed the mile long Banff Bay swim in a time of 27 minutes 20 seconds. Stewart, at the age of 44, was closely followed by his niece, Alix Gair (12), who completed it in a time of 27 minutes 29 seconds.

Andrew would like to thank all his coaches at Broch Seals and at other clubs for all their hard work and dedication given to him over the years. He also wants to thank his mam, Marie, dad, Stewart and sister Hannah for all their support.

Commenting on Andrew’s forthcoming trip his parents said: “We are now looking forward to a towel-free radiator!”

Good luck Andrew.