Schools swimming: Club-mate Hannah Miley an inspiration as Jones shows star potential

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SWIMMING: In a few weeks’ time the London Olympics will have come and gone and it will be time to start looking forward to the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Inverurie Academy’s Emily Jones certainly has her sights set on the next home sporting bonanza. She confirmed she is one of swimming’s teenage stars at the Scottish Gas National Open Championships at the Commonwealth Pool

Emily won gold in the 100m butterfly, silver in the 200m individual medley and bronze in 200m breaststroke and 50m butterfly.

The 17-year-old, who is awaiting the results of her Highers before entering her sixth and final year at school, swims at the Garioch Club and has the perfect inspiration, training daily alongside Olympic medal hopeful Hannah Miley.

Miley is the Commonwealth Games champion and World Championship silver medallist in the 400m individual medley and her father, Patrick, is the club coach.

“Hannah is a great role model,” agreed Emily. “She trains so hard. This year I have made huge improvement.

“At the Olympic trials, I reached semi-finals in three events. At last year’s World Championship trials, I didn’t reach any. 2014 and then the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil are my targets. I’ll have quite a hard sixth year and then I would like to study physics at university. But swimming is part of my future.”

Miley, who won six gold and a silver medal at the Championships, is proud of the youngsters following in her footsteps.

“Emily, my brother Alastair, and Orla Adams all made a bundle of finals at the championships and that is great for the club,” said the 22-year-old. “Dad and his assistant coach, Gitte Whitehead, have put together a great programme and the results are the reward for their work and commitment.”

An even younger swimmer to make a mark at the Edinburgh Championships was Suleman Butt. The Aberdeen Grammar School pupil set Scottish 14-year-old records in the 200m freestyle (fifth in 1:55.35) and the 400m freestyle (sixth in 4:06.78).

A member of the Aberdeen Club and coached by Alison Low and Ian Benzie, Suleman said: “I will be very young, but I will have a shot at making the 2014 Commonwealth Games. There are also lots of other goals such as the Youth Olympics and European Junior Championships.”