Scarborough swimmer Gareth Mills is celebrating this week after qualifying for the Scotland squad for this year’s Commonwealth Games.
The former Scarborough Swimming Club man was in Scotland this week vying for qualification for the Glasgow Games, that start in July.
Mills was hoping to win selection in the 200 and 400m freestyle, 200m fly and 1,500metre events, and after experiencing a rollercoaster of emotions, eventually got onto the 200m relay team.
Mills said: “I’m delighted to have qualified.
“I can’t wait for the Games to get underway now, it’ll be a great experience for me.”
Gareth experienced highs and lows over the course of the qualification as he thought he’d done enough to get onto the 400m team, only to be denied at the last minute.
Following his successful time in the 200m that earned him qualification, Gareth thought he’d been pipped by a rival swimmer, but eventually found out he’d been successful, as his dad Ian explained: “It was a real rollercoaster of emotions. We were up one minute and down the next.
“It was exciting and Gareth did some really good times.”
Gareth’s former teammate at Scarborough, Ross Glegg, was also at the Tollcross International Swimming Centre for qualifying.
The sprint swimmer, who is currently studying as part of a scholarship at West Virginia University in the United States, was narrowly edged out.
Glegg wasn’t expecting to be in the qualification mix as he is at the end of a tough season in the US, but he came closer than he expected, coming fourth in his second fastest time to date, missing out by half a second.