Duncan Scott has had an incredible year of swimming. He's competed and successfully won

  • Golds at Scottish Schools
  • 8 age group titles at Scottish age groups in April
  • Represented Scotland at Tri Nations in May
  • Won 2 Scottish Junior Titles at Tollcross, Glasgow in June
  • 4 medals for Team GB at the European Youth Olympic Festival in July, a Gold and a Silver on his own with Silver and Bronze in the Relay.

What would August bring?

Duncan qualified for 10 events at the British Gas ASA Youth Championships in Sheffield but focussed on 6.

Day 1

  • 100 Butterfly heats followed by a 4 x 100 relay.
  • Session 2 saw the semis to qualify for the final.

Day 2

  • Session 3 - 200 Freestyle heats took him into the semi finals.
  • Session 5 - 100 Fly final winning Gold to become the ASA 15-16 age group champion breaking the Scottish Junior Record with 55.43.
  • He followed this with another Personal Best in the 200 Free semi and another Scottish Junior Record.

Day 3

  • Session 6 - Started with the 200 IM, and later that morning he had the 200 Fly heats. Both events saw him secure his place in the semis. He finished the morning with another 200 in the 4 x 200 relay swimming for his team F.I.R.S.T.
  • Session 7 - Semi final of the 200 Fly. Halfway through the evening and another 200 metres to swim in the 200 Free winning Gold and breaking his Personal Best and the Scottish Junior Record from the day before. His final 200 was the Individual Medley semi final winning Gold.

Day 4

  • Session 9 - 2 finals winning Gold in both and breaking Scottish junior records in both.

Day 6

  • Session 13 - 400 IM followed by a Personal Best in the 50 Freestyle.
  • Team swim in the 4 x 100 Medley Relay.
  • Session 14 - semi final of the 50 Free and final of the 400 IM winning another Gold.
  • Fifth last race was the 50 Freestyle breaking the GB age group record, the Scottish Junior Record and the Scottish Age Group record and won in 23.23 to become ranked 3rd in Scotland for all ages.
  • 1 competition, 6 finals, 6 Golds, 1 GB record, 2 Scottish Age Group records and 5 Scottish Junior Records.

Duncan has a swimming scholarship to Strathallan School in Perthshire where he is coached by former commonwealth swimmer Elaine Johnston.

He competes for Bo'ness ASC part of Falkirk Integrated Regional Swim Team (F.I.R.S.T.) who is coached by Alloa resident Steven Tigg. Duncan is a member of Scottish Swimming Youth Development Squad and is assisted by the Institute Of Sport.

European Youth Olympic Festival - July 2013

Former St John's Primary school pupil and Alloa resident Duncan Scott has a swimming scholarship to Strathallan School. 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 Swimmings Youth Squad.

Duncan Scott qualified for the European Youth Olympic Festival (EYOF 14th-19th July 2013) back in March.
Within weeks the British Olympic Authority (BOA) had invited him for consideration to the team.

He wasn't the only one honoured with selection. Steven Tigg, Duncan's coach since the age of seven first with Alloa ASC then at F.I.R.S.T., was selected as team coach for the boys.

Team GB came second overall in the medal table with 31 medals. The swimming team contributed to 16 of these. Duncan won 4 medals. Gold in the 200 IM, Silver in the 400 IM, a 4x 100 Mixed Relay Silver and a Bronze in the 4 x 100 boys Relay.

Day one of the swimming had him break the Scottish Junior and Age group record in 4.26.28 and take Silver. Later in the week he swam another fantastic 100m to again break the Junior and Age group record held by Olympian Robbie Renwick. On the 19th July he swam a Personal Best in the heats in the morning and was back in the pool for the last session to break another Personal Best, the age group and Scottish Junior record.


Duncan Scott 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.

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.

13-16th June was the Scottish Nationals held 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 wWest 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.

Recent Articles

Jul 2017

Worlds Budapest Duncan swam at the British Championships in Sheffield in April and secured a place in the British team by swimming a new British record in the 100 Freestyle. His time had him ranked fastest in the world in 2017. (47.90) Duncan had a busy week starting on Monday 24th with the 200 Freestyle heats and semis in the evening. His time in the semis had him ranked 1st for the final on the Tuesday with a PB of 1.45.16 25th was finals night. He swam a 1.45.27 and finished fourth in the [...]

Jun 2017

Scottish Student Sport Awards Another nomination another award, as Duncan was unable to attend his sister, Alexandria,  president of the University of Dundee Sports Union, picked up his award. Scottish Student Sport Article

Apr 2017

Duncan competed at the British Championships in Sheffield Whilst most swimmers were in the water, Duncan was signing autographs for swimming fans. The following day he started with 200 Fly – great PB and a bronze podium position 1.57.50 The following evening was the 100 freestyle, the event he was fifth in at the Rio Olympics. He swam his own race. Finished with his slot for the world championships as he made the selection time with 47.90. The first British swimmer under 48. His swim ranks [...]

Speedo Signs Duncan Scott

Speedo signs Duncan Scott who is delighted to have gained their support. Its early in the season and Duncan is lying 3rd in the world for the 200 Free and 6th in the world for the 100 Free, 7th in the 200IM.

Mar 2017

2017 Arena pro- swim series at Indianapolis 2 - 4th March Quick link for results  Edinburgh International 10 - 12th March Quick link live streaming

Feb 2017

The first competition of the month was the Dave McCullagh Memorial in Bangor Northern Ireland Day 1 200 Butterfly made the final in second fastest time and then won Gold from teammate Cameron Brodie in 1.59.53 not far off his personal best.

Jan 2017

Duncan left Scotland for warm weather training in Tenerife. A good number of the Scottish squad were there too, topping up the tans! Whilst he was away he appeared as a question/picture on Question of Sport and his biography was updated on the British Swimming site. January will finish with a competition in Luxembourg. Duncan flew out on the Thursday and swam the 200 Butterfly heats on the Friday night. He qualified fastest for the Final. Saturday was the 200 Freestyle again qualifying [...]

Scottish National Short Course - Dec 2016

Duncan chose to stay in Scotland for the Short Course Nationals at the Commonwealth Pool in Edinburgh 9-11 December rather than travel to Windsor for the World short Course. He certainly delighted the spectators. Every final, no matter how close, he won. He was only too aware of Scotsman Mark Szaranek’s times at the worlds.

Return from Arizona and BUC’s - Nov 2016

Duncan returned from Arizona and his first weekend home was a flight to London for the British Swimming awards – a prerequisite for funding! The following weekend was a chance for his family to see him in action since last seeing him swim in Barcelona. They did not travel to Rio but all were in Sheffield. His sister Alex was also swimming, for Dundee University. She is the captain of the girls swim team and is also the secretary of the University Sports Union. Duncan started the weekend [...]

Awards and Performance Squad - Oct 2016

Duncan arrived at the black-tie sell out dinner for the Scottish Swimming awards. Upbeat from the previous awards dinner. Here he was amongst the family that is Scottish Swimming. A great night finished with him being presented with the Nancy Riach Memorial medal for swimmer of the year. Duncan left for altitude training at Flagstaff Arizona and returned at the end of October.


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