Laura Pilkington

Laura Pilkington stepping up onto the diving block.

Name Laura Pilkington

Hometown Broxburn

Live Aberdeen/Broxburn

Occupation Student

Sport Swimming

Events 50m free, 100m free and 100m back

Classification S6 SB6 SM6

Personal Bests Short course – 50 free 46.25 ,100 free 1.39.95 , 200 free 3.29.62, 400 free 7.30.64, 50 fly 1.05.48, 50 back 55.04, 100 back 2.00.72 and 200 back 3.56.07. Long course – 50 free 45.21, 100 free 1.38.16, 400 free 7.33.78, 50 fly 1.00.26, 100 back 1.56.59 and 200 IM 4.19.42

Name of Club University of Aberdeen Performance Swimming

Coach Gregor McMillian

When/how you got involved I got involved in swimming when I was 13. I always loved swimming as a kid and wanted to go more but my family weren’t that interested in going swimming, so I joined a club, so I could get in the pool more often. At first, I just went once a week and didn’t intend to become competitive until I got asked to do a competition and I loved it and gradually increased my training. I moved to Broxburn ASC and after just over a year I moved up to Swim West Lothian. Recently I spent a year training out in Mallorca during a gap year before coming to Aberdeen to study at RGU and I now train with UOAPS.

Sporting Highlights One of my sporting highlights is breaking a total of 8 Scottish records in the last few years. Competing at the British Para – International meet, medalling at BUCS and being a part of the Scottish Para- Swimming team. Another one of my sporting highlights is recently getting a PB in my 50 and 100 free after 3 years at the Scottish Open Championships 2018 it had been a tough few years, but the hard work had finally paid off and it meant a lot to me to get back to where I use to be and to get my confidence back.

Sporting Goals and Aspirations To compete at a major international championship such as the commonwealth games, Europeans, Worlds or Paralympics. To final at the British- Para international meet To get under 1.35 for 100 free and under 45 for 50 free

One bit of advice for an aspiring athlete Don’t give up when progress seems to stop. The work and improvements will show it just make take longer than you want, patience is key for long term results.