Katie Robertson is pictured with her trophy at her team training night.
Kyle Academy pupil Katie Robertson (13) has scooped a major Scottish swimming honour – by being awarded the James Wallace Memorial Trophy for being the best junior swimmer in the West of Scotland.
Meeting Katie to see the trophy and congratulate her on the award, Councillor Bill Grant, Portfolio Holder for Economic Development, Tourism and Leisure said: Katie received the trophy at an awards ceremony in Glasgow, but came straight down to Ayr to share the accolade with her teammates – before jumping in the pool to carry on with her training as usual!
"She's a brilliant inspiration and her hard work here in the Citadel is really paying dividends and I've high hopes of seeing her competing at the highest level, representing Scotland and her home county of South Ayrshire as well!"
South Ayrshire Swim Team coach Byron Stericker added: "It's been a great year for Katie and the team and this prestigious award is fantastic recognition of her efforts.
"We receive excellent support from South Ayrshire Council and the Citadel staff, who share my view that Katie is a possible star in the making– and we already have half an eye on the next Olympic and Commonwealth Games.
"It's just typical of her though to put the trophy in its box and come straight down to the club – worrying more about her training and commitment to the team, than where such a big trophy might sit on the mantelpiece!
Katie added: "I'm overjoyed to have won this and would like to thank my coach, the team and my family, who have all been so supportive of my swimming career.
"I've already been joking that I might have to cut back on my training now, as I'll get plenty of exercise just polishing such a big trophy!"
Photo: Kyle Academy pupil Katie Robertson (13) - the best junior swimmer in the West of Scotland.