Lewis teenager Kara Hanlon smashed the record for 50m breaststroke in her age group last weekend - not once but twice!
Eighteen year old Kara was competing at the Scottish National Age Groups Championships at the Aquatics Centre in Aberdeen when she broke the 17 years and over age group record for 50m breaststroke in the heats in a time of 32.09. The previous record was 32.14 seconds.
Competing in the final she then went even faster to take the title in just 31.95 seconds.
Kara said: “It was really unexpected as it was right on my PB which is 31.94.”
She also won Gold in the Age 17 and over 100m breaststroke and the 200m breastroke.
Next up for Kara is the British Championships which will be taking place at the Olympic Pool in London in two weeks time.
Kara admits this is a ‘nerve racking’ prospect but says she is honoured to have been asked to take part in the 50m race which is by invitation only.
With eight in the race, she is in 7th place with three Scots swimmers ahead of her, but she is ready for the challenge, although admitting, it will be tough.
She is also entered for the other breaststroke races and the event is the qualifying for Team GB for the World Championships.
It’s been a great year so far for Kara who competed in her final Scottish Schools Championships last month setting two new records and retaining two titles.
Taking place at the Aberdeen Sports Village, she shattered her own 100m breastroke record which she set just 12-months earlier, taking the record down by a more a second from 1:10.98 to 1:10.76.
In addition to winning the 100m breaststroke she also won the 200m breaststroke (2:35.92), setting a 200m record.
With competitions in Edinburgh in her sights over the coming weeks, Kara will also be representing the Western Isles at this summer’s Natwest Island Games in Jersey.
The Games in Jersey will start on 27th June and will be the largest Games since the first one in the Isle of Man in 1985.
Altogether 3,500 competitors, managers, supporters and media will be in Jersey for the week of sport including a team from the Western Isles.