Silver lining for Mills after final frustration

Scarborough swimmer Gareth Mills won Commonwealth silver in Glasgow this week
Scarborough swimmer Gareth Mills won Commonwealth silver in Glasgow this week

Scarborough swimmer Gareth Mills has vowed to bounce back from the disappointment of missing the final of the 4x200metre relay at the Commonwealth Games.

Mills, 21, impressed in the heat earlier on Sunday when he was the quickest of the team of four in the pool at Tollcross, helping them to win the heat and qualify for the final.

The Scarborough swimmer was disappointed to learn he would not be swimming in the final though after Team Scotland changed their entire foursome.

Mills insists that he was delighted to have played his part and that the team of Daniel Wallace, Stephen Milne, Duncan Scott and Robbie Renwick wouldn’t have enjoyed their success had they not been rested for the heat earlier in the day.

Mills said: “I was told that I needed to swim a 1.48 to be in the final and I did a 1.49.3, which is a personal best.

“It was a big gamble to rest the guys for the heat, but they wouldn’t have won silver had they swam in the heat, so I know we played our part.

“It is something I will learn from, and while it was disappointing not to swim in the final, to win a silver medal was great.”

Mills was blown away by the whole experience.

He said: “The atmosphere at the pool was amazing and to have my family there supporting me was brilliant.

“My mum and dad and family were all buzzing, it was just a great experience to be a part of the Games.”

The former Scarborough Swimming Club man is now 100 per cent focussed on qualifying for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

He added: “I’ve got my eyes on qualifying for Rio now, but a lot can happen in two years.

“It has been a long, tough season and I’m glad I can have a rest now.”