The Commonwealth Games at Gold Coast was the focus for April. Duncan left Scotland in the middle of March for a couple of weeks in a holding camp in Brisbane.
After a delay due to illness Duncan joined the team in the commonwealth games village.
The Games opened on the 4th. Swimmers don’t go to the opening ceremony as they compete the following day. Duncan’s first race was on the 6th.
6/4/18 He swam the 200 Free in the heats, fastest with a time of 1.46.62 and took the bronze in the final that night, with a time of 1.46.30. Though he seemed disappointed with his placing all that was left behind when he got back in the pool for the 4 x 100 relay. He swam the first leg in 48.54 and the team took bronze, beating the Scottish record they had broken in the heats. You can’t get better than that.
The snow for the Edinburgh International / British Championships meant the crowd was smaller than usual but the swimmers were there.
They were conscious of the Australian trials for the Commonwealth Games taking place on the other side of the world.
He swam the four disciplines of an IM – all looking good.
The countdown to the Games has started. The swimmers left Scotland on the 17th March. They will have a bit of time in the holding camp before heading to Southport.
Duncan is due to swim the 100 Free 7th & 8th 200 Free 6th 200IM 10th and the 3 relays 4 x 100 6th , 4 x 200 Free 8th and the 4 x 100 Medley 10th.
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The main competition for February was BUCs (British Universities and Colleges Sport)
He broke the 200 Free record and the Stirling team won the 4 x 100 in a new record time. He had a healthy time for the 200IM final too.
Duncan spent several weeks in Perth Western Australia with Scottish team mates enjoying winter sun. They returned late January and were off to Luxembourg for the Euro Meet 26th-28th January.
Duncan swam 49.51 in the 100 Free A final – finishing 4th
He didn’t make the A final in the 200Free but swam faster than the A final Gold medalist with a 1.47.87 – a stunning time for the part of the year.
He took silver in the 200 IM with 2.00.74.
A great start to the New Year.
A busy month competitions in Edinburgh and Copenhagen.
Duncan took the 200IM title. He rested from a variety of swims knowing he had the Europeans a few days later. When you aren’t 100%, you know it.
Duncan joined the 9 swimmers of the British team in Copenhagen for his first International Short Course competition.
Day 2 he swam in the 200 Free. Parents were flying to watch the rest of the competition so Euan text them the result – a marvellous bronze medal. His first open competition podium slot. A couple of days later he repeated the position in the 100 Free. Watching the race you would not realise that he had the fastest final 50m. More to come.
27/12/17 Duncan left Scotland for Perth Australia for some warm weather training.