City of Glasgow Swim Team - 2021 Highlights

Ian Wright

City of Glasgow Swim Team

2021 Highlights

  • Having lost approximately 35% membership and 30% pool time due to the Covid pandemic, COGST begins the gradual recovery and rebuilding process, working in partnership with Glasgow Life, Scottish Swimming and sportscotland to implement new structures and delivery models.
  • COGST wins the Top Club trophy at the inaugural Scottish National Team Championships.  COGST dominated the event, winning both Division 1 and Division 2 titles.
  • Andrew Mullen (S5) and Louis Lawlor (S14) both reach finals of their main events when representing Great Britain at the Paralympics in Tokyo.
  • Seventeen-year-old Katie Shanahan makes her senior debut for Great Britain by earning selection to both the European Championships in Budapest and World Short Course Championships in Abu Dhabi. Rising to the challenge Katie goes on to place 6th in the final of the 200m Backstroke at the Europeans and 8th in the 400 IM final at the Worlds.
  • Katie Shanahan and Mark Ford selected to swim for Great Britain at the European Junior Championships in Italy, with Coach Danielle Brayson also selected to the coaching staff for the event.  Katie wins a record six medals including double individual medley gold, a brace of silver backstroke medals, plus two further relay medals.
  • Swimmer Katie Shanahan and Coach Ian Wright are selected for the London Roar team for Season 3 of the International Swimming League.  London Roar go on to finish third overall with Katie becoming one of the most valuable athletes on the team showing her versatility across multiple events and winning the 400 IM in one match.
  • Eight COGST swimmers take part in the Olympic & Paralympic Trials.
  • Over 80 swimmers (more than any other club) compete in the Scottish Summer Festival.
  • 34 COGST swimmers named in Scottish Swimming’s various national squads for the 2021-22 season, with another 18 selected to the west regional squad programme.
  • Over 40 Glasgow based swimmers compete in the British Universities & Colleges (BUCS) Swimming Championships with COGST members helping UWS, UoG, UoS and GCU place well in the team rankings.

Note – the large majority of domestic competitions were cancelled in both 2020 and 2021 due to the Covid pandemic.

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