Kai’s Making a Splash!

Kai’s Making a Splash!

Young Houston swimmer Kai Connolly has had a record breaking couple of months in the pool smashing an all-time Scottish age group record for 11 year olds and achieving 5 District age group records!

Kai trains at On-X pool in Linwood under the careful guidance of his experienced coach Andy Jackson. The first record he broke this year was the District record for the 100m Individual Medley at the District Sprint Championships held at Tollcross International Swimming Centre in September. This was closely followed in October at the Clyde Coast Winter Championships by breaking the record for the 100m freestyle.

A weekend competing at the 2019 Scottish West District Junior Age Group Championships at Tollcross on 26th & 27th October then saw Kai achieve another 2 District Records for the 200m & 400m freestyle. These records had
stood since 2008! Significantly however, his time for the 400m freestyle time of 4:37.38 also broke the all-time Scottish record for his age, breaking the current record by nearly 5 seconds.

Kai’s busy year was finished off by gaining a further District record as an 11 year old at the REN96 Open Championships at On-X in early November for the 200m Individual Medley. It’s an impressive list of achievements in a short space of time and just reward for those early morning alarm calls at 4.45am to make swimming training ahead of the start of his school day at Gryffe High!

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