Swim-ply the best for Broch teen competing in British Championship

Emma Thoirs outside the British Summer Champioships
Emma Thoirs outside the British Summer Champioships

A young Fraserburgh swimmer has competed in the British Summer Championships in Sheffield after being ranked 13th in Britain for her age group.

Emma Thoirs, 14, from Broch ASC was “excited and nervous” as she competed in her first British Championship at Pond Forge on Friday July 31.

She said: “I never expected to be ranked 13th at all so I was quite shocked. It was amazing.”

Competing in the 50 metre breast stroke Emma qualified for the event after taking place in accredited meets earlier in the year.

The qualification window ran from March to May with the top 24 ranked British swimmers per age group invited to compete in Sheffield.

Emma was also one of eight Broch ASC swimmers to take part in the Scottish Summer Meet.

With the help of dedicated coach Sarah Burkinshaw and personal trainer Martin MacDonald, Emma worked hard to get herself to the Championships also taking metafit classes with Nicola Moir.

She said: “The one-on-one training was really good and really helped prepare me for the competition”.

Proud mother Arlene Thoirs said: “We are very proud of Emma’s achievement and will continue to support her reaching her next targets.”

She added: “Emma was excited and nervous, however with incredible support back home from family, friends and her swimming family at Broch ASC she enjoyed her first experience at competing at this level and one she can build on.”

Finishing 24th in the Championships Emma has vowed to get herself ready to compete in next year’s race and go a step further.

She said: “I’m going to be working really hard next year.”

Arlene added: “Emma will have to continue to work hard to make British next year and her goal will be to compete in more events and try to make finals.”