Published: 4 Jul 2013
He is coached by former commonwealth swimmer Elaine Johnston. Duncan competes for Bo'ness and F.I.R.S.T, whose coach is Steven Tigg. Duncan is a member of the Institute of Sport and is part of Scottish Swimming Youth Squad
Duncan turned 16 at the beginning of May, a week later he represented Scotland at the Celtic Tri-Nations at East Kilbride. Duncan broke three West District Age Group records the 200 Butterfly, 200 Individual Medley and 400 Individual Medley and won a Bronze medal in the 200 IM.
Two weeks later, and still in the midst of GCSE's, he headed to the Royal Commonwealth Pool in Edinburgh for the East District Grand Prix. There was an amazing field of swimmers. Scottish Olympians, Michael Jamieson, Hannah Milley, Craig Benson, Robbie Renwick and Caitlin McClatchy were joined by Liam Tancock, Kerri-Anne Payne, Joe Roebuck and many more. Duncan swam well although he'd had four days out from training due to illness. He gained the second prize for the middle distance swimmers from the three Grand Prix Competitions. He was joined by Butt, Kirkwood and Gibb to do a display 4 x 50m freestyle relay where they broke the Scottish Junior record.
The Scottish Nationals were held from 13-16 June in the newly upgraded International pool at Tollcross Glasgow, the venue for the 2014 Commonwealth Games. Duncan finished his last exam on the 14th so was unable to defend his 200 Butterfly Junior title. He did win three Scottish Junior Titles, 100 Butterfly, 200 Individual Medley and 400 Individual Medley an Open Bronze medal in the 400 IM and a new West District Age Group record in the 100 Fly.
What next? He has qualified for 10 events at the ASA Youth Age Groups in Sheffield and has been selected to represent Scotland South and East at the UK School Games in September.
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